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The right time to have sex is when you’ve chosen your contraception and you feel it’s something that you both want. You’ve talked through what you might be worried about and you know how you are both going to handle it afterwards.

Chemsex

Do you use party drugs such as Crystal methamphetamine, Mephedrone, GHB/GBL for sex? Although these drugs can be enjoyable and fun to use, for some people these drugs can be problematic.

What is Consent?

According to the Law, any kind of sex must be consensual, which means that both partners must agree to it. Consensual sex means that you and your partner are comfortable and willing to have sex.

What is Confidentiality?

Worried that the doctor or health professional will tell your parents or someone you know that you’re having sex? Well don’t be. They have a duty of confidentiality which means they aren't allowed to tell anyone else anything you have told them without your agreement.

When Will I Be Ready For Sex?

The right time to have sex is when you’ve chosen your contraception and you feel it’s something that you both want. You’ve talked through what you might be worried about and you know how you are both going to handle it afterwards.

Sexual Orientation

Your sexual orientation may be different to your friends or family, but that doesn’t mean you are a bad person just because you are sexually or romantically attracted to someone who may be the same sex as you, or both sexes – or no sexes at all. It’s up to you who you fancy.

Men who have sex with men

The Sexual Health Clinic at St Helens Hospital has a long history of providing services to gay and bisexual men. Our friendly staff will address sexual health issues relevant to you and speak to you on a one to one basis.

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is the stress or strain you feel from your friends or others to act, behave, think and look a certain way. This kind of pressure can include anything from the clothes you wear when you go out – through to sexual activity and dating.

Reasons Not To Do It

There are plenty of reasons not to have sex, here are a few that you may feel. Remember it's your choice when to have sex.

After Having Sex

After having sex you will experience lots of different emotions and feelings. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

Anal Sex

‘Extra Strong’ condoms are sold specifically for anal sex because the risks are greater in the condoms splitting due to friction. Please be sensible and make sure you are prepared.

Oral Sex

Some Sexually Transmitted Infections can be passed on through oral sex so always use a condom. You can get flavoured condoms and lubricants to make things a bit more fun.

Masturbation

It isn’t often people talk about masturbation as it is sometimes seen as something to be ashamed of, but put your mind at ease by knowing that it is perfectly natural and nothing to feel bad about.

Sex & Alcohol

Alcohol can lead to you embarrassing yourself and your friends, being ill and making bad decisions. Some people will also take advantage of you if you’re too drunk to know what you’re doing.

Sex & Drugs

People sometimes take drugs to ‘improve their sexual experience’ or they take them for some other reason but it has an effect on their general health (and therefore their sexual health) in a number of ways.

Sex Myths

Test your knowledge of sex-related risks and find out the facts about sex. From safer sex and STIs, to contraception and pregnancy; can you tell fact from fiction?

Sex and The Over 50's

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the increase in people over the age of 50 with evidence that they are rising faster than in younger people.

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