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Sexual Health and Contraception

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Sexual Health and Contraception

Sexual Health

Many sexually transmitted diseases or infections ( STDs/ STIs ) have no symptoms. They affect both heterosexual and homosexual people. Some STDs/ STIs can only be diagnosed clinically but there are many for which there are specific tests.

The doctors in Hanover Medical Centre provide confidential friendly consultations for screening , diagnosing and treating sexually transmitted diseases.

  • STD/STI tests using blood samples are used for HIV , Syphillis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
  • Swabs or urine can be used to test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
  • Genital herpes and Genital warts are two STIs which cannot be screened. They are a clinical diagnosis based on the development of either a herpetic blister or wart.
  • Hepatitis B is a very common sexually transmitted disease for which there is a vaccine. This is available at Hanover Medical Centre.

Contraception

The doctors at Hanover Medical Centre provide confidential and friendly consultations for regular and emergency contraception.

Please note - the ‘Morning After Pill’ is now available over the counter at pharmacies.

There are many different types of contraception

  • Combined oral contraceptive pill
  • Progesterone only pill
  • Nuvaring
  • Contraceptive patch (Evra)
  • Depot injection
  • Long acting Reversible Contraception (Implanon)
  • Intrauterine coils (Mirena or Copper Coil)
  • Barrier methods

Our doctors will be happy to advise on the most appropriate option for you.

Cervical Smears

Cervical smears tests are an extremely important and effective screening tool used to detect early changes in the cervix prior to development of cervical cancer. They are free to those women between the ages of 25 and 60 under the government sponsored Cervical Screening Programme.

Cervical smears are usually taken by our practice nurse and ideally should be taken mid cycle , ie between day 10 and day 18 , if you have a 28 day cycle.

There is now a vaccine,’ Gardasil’, to help prevent the development of cervical cancer. HPV ( Human Papilloma Virus ) is the major cause of cervical cancer and this vaccine is highly effective in preventing HPV infection. It protects against 4 types of HPV , two of which are responsible for approximately 70% of cervical cancer. It also gives protection against the development of genital warts. This vaccine should be given prior to becoming sexually active and being exposed to HPV. It will soon be available to all 12 yr old girls for free , according the Department of Health.

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