Your Sexual Health

To lead a positive sexual life, it’s important to have exhaustive and non-biased information about your sexual health, wellbeing and sexuality.
Below, we’ve covered a range of topics that cause most misconceptions and are most often enquired about at our centre.

 

 
 
 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

When you have a sexual contact there is a risk of you picking up a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) from your partner. In fact, 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STI by the age of 25, and most won’t even know it.

STIs are currently on the rise in Ireland. There has been a 7% increase in 2018 compared to 2017, with the young people aged between 15-24 and men who have sex with men (MSM) being at the greatest risk. To be safe, you need to have all the facts and know how to protect yourself.


Contraception

Learn about different means of contraception (male and female) to pick the one that suits you best. Remember, condoms are the only contraceptive that offers protection against most STIs. You can always pick them up for free at our centre.


Consent

Sexual consent is an agreement to participate in a sexual activity. Before engaging in the sexual activity with someone, you need to know if the feeling is mutual and they want to engage in it with you as well. It’s also important to be honest with your partner about what you want and don’t want. Learn what constitutes consent, how to ask for it and how to communicate it.


Pregnancy

There are two kinds of pregnancies – one is when you are consciously trying to have a baby and the other is when it happens accidentally, without you planning for it. Learn more about planned and unplanned pregnancy, useful tips and your options.


Living with HIV

Being diagnosed with HIV can be scary, but it’s important to remember that you don’t have to deal with it alone. There is a variety of options for both medical and emotional support available to get you through this difficult time. There’s currently no cure for HIV, but there are very effective drug treatments that enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. Learn more about managing your condition, available support services and important first steps.


Sexuality

Everyone is entitled to their own sexuality without being judged, isolated or bullied. Whether someone is Heterosexual (straight) and attracted to the opposite sex, Homosexual (Gay, Lesbian) and attracted to the same sex or bisexual and attracted to both sexes, each individual is entitled to express their own sexuality without fear of discrimination.


Relationships and Sex

Learn more about sexual relationships and people you can talk to about them.


Puberty

Although it happens quite slowly, puberty is the time when the body changes because it starts producing hormones to make it ready for sexual development. The sexual parts are switched on, moods change and body parts change. Puberty can happen to you later or earlier than to your friends. Learn more about its signs and the best way to deal with it.


Alcohol, Drugs and Sexual Health

Drugs, including alcohol, can have a significant effect on the individual’s sexual health and wellbeing. Learn about the things to keep in mind and potential consequences.


F.A.Q.

Find answers to the questions we are asked most frequently at the centre.