her MEDICAL provides a wide range of comprehensive services in a respectful and confidential environment for conditions related to sexual health.
General Practitioners at her MEDICAL are comfortable discussing concerns of sexual health and agree that sexual health encompasses much more than testing for transmissible infections including concerns with libido, difficulty with orgasm/climax, painful intercourse, inability to achieve penetration, vaginal dryness, vaginal discharge, and anything else that might be affecting sexuality or intimacy.
How often should you get a sexual health check?
Any time you have concerns!
Having a sexual health check whenever a person has a new partner is a good idea. Otherwise, every 1-2 years with a regular partner or every 3-6mths for people with multiple partners.
On the Gold Coast, chlamydia is common and syphilis infections are on the rise!
Libido, arousal, orgasm and sex can be painful and can be affected by myriad factors including physical changes, emotional/mental health, stress, medications, illness, menopause and relationship dynamics.
her MEDICAL focuses on identifying problems and collaborates with patients in finding appropriate treatment and solutions. Lifestyle, medication, hormonal and herbal options can all be part of a treatment plan.
A person is at risk of an STI whether it’s the first time of engaging in unprotected sex or the 100th time.
Many STIs have no symptoms and are unaware of passing on an infection, therefore, screening is a good idea if you are sexually active. However, if any symptoms are present, these should be checked by a GP as soon as possible, and are usually easily treated.
Symptoms associated with STIs include:
• A sore, wart, lump, rash or blister on the genitals
• Pain during sex
• Pain passing urine
• Abnormal vaginal bleeding
• Unusual vaginal discharge
• Painful, irregular periods and/or bleeding between periods or after sex.
STIs include the following:
Vulval itch is common and frequently caused by thrush, dermatitis, psoriasis and lichen sclerosis.
There are both physical and chemical irritants that can lead to inflammation of the vulval skin.
Treatment consists of lifestyle and skincare modifications as well as topical preparations which help to decrease inflammation and soothe the skin.
Lichen Sclerosis is another less common cause which may be linked to autoimmune disease.
It usually presents with itching, burning and soreness. In longstanding diseases, the anatomy of the vulva can change including shrinking and scarring of the genitals.
12 month reviews are recommended to prevent the small risk of developing vulval skin cancer.
A sexual health screen can check for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas vaginalis, mycoplasma genitalium, syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis A, B and C. These conditions can all be present without having symptoms making sexual health screening essential.
How often and when a person needs a check-up depends on lifestyle and sexual activity. At a minimum, it is recommended annual sexual health checks for sexually active people and people with multiple sexual partners.
It is recommended for women who are sexually active to have a cervical screening test every 5 years between the age of 25 and 74.