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 contraceptive care helps to prevent unintended pregnancy 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 contracting an STI by:

  • Ensure your partner uses condoms correctly
  • Limit the number of 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
  7. National Medicines Information Centre (2012) Update on sexually transmitted infections. VOLUME 18 NUMBER 2
  8. www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/S/STIs/ last accessed 09/08/16

Information placed on this digital platform is not intended as a substitute for consultation with your healthcare professional. Please consult your doctor or nurse for further information.

IE/OCS/0817/0057o Date of preparation: July 2018


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