Sexual Health


Morning After Pill

Emergency hormonal contraception, also called ‘the morning after pill’, is available from Long Melford Pharmacy or Parade Pharmacy in Sudbury, with or without a doctor’s prescription.

It is more effective the sooner you take it. If this is within 24 hours of unprotected sex, it is about 95% effective. It must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, after this you should visit a contraceptive, sexual health or GUM clinic, walk-in centre or your GP surgery as soon as possible. They may be able to offer another form of emergency contraception.

 

NHS Chlamydia Test

If you haven’t heard of Chlamydia, you’re in good company – a substantial proportion of the UK population hasn’t either.

Most people who have Chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. So if you are sexually active outside of a monogamous relationship it is responsible to have regular checks.

Chlamydia is usually transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, so if you have concerns, act on them and get yourself checked.

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis.

If you are under 25 we can offer you a free confidential Chlamydia test.

 

NHS C-Cards (Condom Cards) Scheme

If you are aged 13-24 then you are entitled to free condoms through the C-Card scheme.

It can be hard to talk about sex openly, whether it is with your partner or other people. This means that you may find yourself skimming over the talk of practicing safe sex, but if you’re sexually active and don’t use contraception; pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are real possibilities.