What is sexual health?

Sexual health is defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. (WHO 2017)

At The Women’s Health Clinic we believe all women deserve a healthy and fulfilling sex life. This is why we are offering a full range of sexual health screening and contraceptive advice including long action reversible contraceptives like coil and implant fitting.

A variety of STI testing and treatment is available in our clinics (virtual and face to face). All STIs are treatable. If you have no symptoms but you would like a check-up for STI’s then The Women’s Health Clinic online service is right for you.

Our sexual and contraceptive healthcare is a nurse led service run by experienced nurse specialists with over 18 years experience within this field. As nurse prescribers, we can provide a full individualised package of care based on a woman’s holistic healthcare needs and after an in-depth personal assessment. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and be an integral part of the decision process.

 

Basic

£63
  • Chlamydia ✓
  • Gonorrhoea ✓
  • HIV ✓
  • Syphilis ✓

Basic Plus

£80
  • Chlamydia ✓
  • Gonorrhoea ✓
  • HIV ✓
  • Syphilis ✓
  • Trichomoniasis ✓
  • Bacterial Vaginosis ✓
  • Candida ✓

Advanced

£25
  • Trichomoniasis ✓
  • Bacterial Vaginosis ✓
  • Candida ✓

We organise testing and diagnosis for all STI’s and treatment for:

  • Chlamydia: oral antibiotics
  • Genital Herpes: oral antiviral medication
  • Genital warts: topical cream applied over 4-8 weeks or liquid nitrogen spray weekly (spray treatment only available in clinic)
  • Trichomonas Vaginalis: oral antibiotics
  • Mycoplasma Genitalium: oral antibiotics
  • Molluscum Contagiosum: topical cream applied over 4-8 weeks or liquid nitrogen spray weekly

Opportunistic infections treated are:

  • Bacterial Vaginosis: oral antibiotics or intravaginal antibiotic cream
  • Vaginal Candida( Thrush): oral antifungal or vaginal ani fungal pessary +/- topical cream

A test kit will be sent to you with a full set of instructions. You will be instructed on how to take the test. It may be a simple swab or finger prick depending on the kit. Once sent back to the lab, we will receive your results. If positive, we will contact you to discuss your next steps in booking a consultation with us. Treatments can be delivered via an online prescription. Follow up consultations can be made if further support is required dependent on the diagnosis.

If necessary prompt onward referral to external services for more specialist cares available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual consultations

We always recommend virtual consultation for a selected range of services

 

 

 

What are the common sexually transmitted infections we can screen for?

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK.

It is caused by a tiny organism called Chlamydia trachomatis, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluid of infected men and women. While it is very common the majority of women do not present with any symptoms allowing the infection to go unnoticed. More than 2/3’s of women and 1/2 of men have no symptoms, which is why this infection is so easily transmitted and remains undiagnosed. Symptoms in women can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – It may be thin, watery or change in colour.
  • You may experience some pain when passing urine.
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Abnormal bleeding in-between your periods or after sex.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is the second most common STI in the UK, after chlamydia. It is caused by a tiny organism, which is found in the semen and vaginal fluid of infected men and women. Five in ten women and one in ten men infected will have symptoms which for women can include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – It may be thin, watery or change in colour.
  • You may experience some pain when passing urine.
  • Tenderness in the abdomen
  • Bleeding between your periods, after sex or heavier periods which are abnormal for you.

HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a virus that attacks the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight other infections.The virus is found in blood, semen and vaginal fluid of those infected. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV will not go on to develop AIDS but will live a normal healthy life with regular monitoring, which is why its so important to catch the virus as early as possible to prevent it developing into AIDS.

A test for HIV does not affect your insurance policy and early diagnosis is important to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Syphilis

Syphilis is less common than some STIs, but numbers are rising. It is usually caught by having sex with someone who is infected (including oral sex) and can have long term health implications. Syphillis occurs in three distinct stages. Getting tested early is vital because if you reach stage three, any damage that’s already been done will be permanent. Treatment depends on the stage of infection but is generally a single antibiotic injection or course of antibiotic injections.

Our unique approach

At The Women’s Health Clinic we want women of all ages to enjoy a healthy and active sex life. STI’s are making a come back in the over 45 age group (FPA). While coming out of a long term relationship and starting a new one should be an exciting time, often ladies haven’t had to think about their sexual health or pregnancy risks for many years. Post menopausal women are not at risk of pregnancy so often this age group do not use condoms, forgetting that condoms also protect against STI’s.

Why choose us ?

Here at The Women’s Health Clinic you will have your own named nurse who is an expert in sexual health. She will be able to talk to you about any potential risk you may have been exposed to and then will examine you and take swabs to determine if you have caught any infection. We have a rapid turn around for the results and your named nurse will ring you herself and explain these results. If you have contracted an infection she can prescribe the appropriate treatment for you.

At the time of the examination, she may discover that you have a simple infection that is not sexually transmitted such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis- in this instance she can offer you immediate treatment without waiting for any swab results.

We are able to offer you an appointment time at a clinic location that is suitable for you without the long waiting times you may experience at an NHS clinic and everything is completely confidential – we will not inform your GP unless you specifically ask us to.

In addition to this, we also understand that many women find it difficult to find a convenient time for them to visit a clinic. This is why we have taken our sexual health services online too. This means that even if you have your hands full with the kids or work or keeping up with the housework, you can still make time for you and your health.

 

 

STI Initial Consultation: £150 (Virtual: £100)

Diagnostics and Test – as charged by the lab | 30 mins

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STI Follow up Consultation: £150 (Virtual: £75)

In case results from test are positive | 30 mins

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Special offer: £100

Basic STI test for those women undergoing Nu-V

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