Your Sexual Health

  • Sexual health is an important part of your overall health and taking a few precautions can ensure that you remain free of sexually transmitted infections.
  • Correct use of hormonal contrceptive care helps to prevent unintended pregancy however hormonal contraceptives do not protect against sexually transmitted infections1-5
  • If used correctly, condoms protect against most STIs6
  • The incidence of sexually transmitted infections are on the rise in Ireland7

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

  • STIs are infections that are passed on from an infected partner(s) during unprotected sex including vaginal, anal & oral sex as well as through genital contact with an infected partner6
  • They are caused by specific bacteria and viruses6
  • Some STIs have no obvious symptoms, so you may not be aware that you or your partner(s) are infected
  • Most STIs can be cured with medication, however some can only be treated to reduce symptoms & will remain in your system once you have been infected6

 

You can reduce your risk of conrtacting an STI by:

  • Ensure your partner uses condoms correctly
  • Limit the number if partners you have - the more partners you have, the greater the chance of coming into contact with an infected person
  • Talk to your partners about STIs & practicing safe sex
  • Get regular sexual health check ups including STI screening, smear tests & being breast aware

 

 


References:
1. Elvina SPC
2. Elvinette SPC
3. Azalia SPC

4. Ovreena SPC
5. Violite SPC
6.www.yoursexualhealth.ie/Protection-Options last accessed 09/08/16
5. National Medicines Information Centre (2012) Update on sexually transmitted infections. VOLUME 18 NUMBER 2
6. www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/S/STIs/ last accessed 09/08/16