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Sexual Health

Your health is the priority– and if you think you may have an STI, its important to get it checked out and tested. Most STI’s can be treated, but if left unmanaged, the symptoms and recovery can be increased.  At our sexual health clinic in Newcastle, we offer top of the range services and a welcoming, supportive and judgement free environment for STI screening, HIV care, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation & sexual health checkups.

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STI Screening: 

Our screening process is discreet and non-invasive, utilising either a urine sample or a swab to detect potential infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas, or herpes. Additionally, blood tests are available to identify antibodies for signs of HIV, Hepatitis infection and syphilis. 

Erectile Dysfunction: 

Commonly known as impotence, erectile dysfunction entails difficulties in achieving and maintaining an erection.

Despite its sensitive nature, it’s essential to address. Studies reveal that over half of men aged 40 to 70 experience some degree of erectile dysfunction. Our supportive environment ensures you’re guided towards the best available options. 

Premature Ejaculation  

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a sexual dysfunction characterised by the inability to delay ejaculation during sexual activity

Premature ejaculation can often lead to distress and frustration for both partners. It’s important to note that occasional instances of PE are common and may not necessarily indicate a chronic problem. However, if premature ejaculation becomes a persistent issue and negatively impacts sexual satisfaction and quality of life, seeking help from healthcare professionals or sexual therapists is recommended. 

Here are some ways to help manage and address premature ejaculation with us: 

1. Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through exercises, such as Kegel exercises, may help improve ejaculatory control and sexual function. These exercises can be learned and performed independently or with the guidance of a healthcare professional. 

2. Medications: In some cases, medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), typically used to treat depression and anxiety, may be prescribed off-label to help delay ejaculation. Other medications specifically designed to treat premature ejaculation, such as topical anesthetics, may also be considered under the supervision of a healthcare provider. 

3. Lifestyle Modifications: Making healthy lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, avoiding excessive alcohol and drug use, and getting adequate sleep, can contribute to overall sexual health and well-being. 

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment approach based on individual needs and circumstances. Additionally, addressing any underlying physical or psychological issues contributing to premature ejaculation is essential for effective management and improvement of sexual function. 

Book an appointment with our specialist GPs at our sexual health clinic in Newcastle.

Sexual Health Checkup: 

Embark on a confidential and non-judgmental discussion with our specialist doctors regarding your sexual health, history, and practices. Together, we’ll determine the next steps and available testing options tailored to your needs. Our approach prioritizes your comfort, active listening, and incorporates cutting-edge research to assist you in making informed decisions about your sexual health. 

Genital skin conditions

Lichen Sclerosus: 

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the genital and anal areas, although it can occur elsewhere on the body. 

Symptoms include itching, pain, discomfort during sex or urination, and changes in the appearance of the skin (such as white patches, thinning, and wrinkling). 

Treatment usually involves the application of topical corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms. Regular monitoring by a healthcare professional is necessary to assess treatment effectiveness and monitor for potential complications, such as scarring or increased risk of skin cancer. 

Thrush (Genital Candidiasis): 

Thrush is a common fungal infection caused by Candida yeast, particularly Candida albicans, that affects the genital area in both men and women. 

Symptoms include itching, burning, redness, swelling, and a thick, white vaginal discharge in women. Men may experience itching, redness, and irritation on the penis. 

Treatment typically involves antifungal medications, such as topical creams or oral tablets, to eliminate the yeast overgrowth. Lifestyle modifications, such as wearing breathable cotton underwear and practicing good genital hygiene, can help prevent recurrence. 

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): 

BV is a common vaginal infection caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina, often resulting in a decrease in beneficial lactobacilli and an increase in harmful bacteria. 

Symptoms may include a thin, white or gray vaginal discharge with a strong fishy odor, itching, burning, and irritation. 

Treatment usually involves antibiotics, such as metronidazole or clindamycin, to restore the balance of bacteria in the vagina. Recurrent BV may require additional evaluation and management by a healthcare professional. 

Genital Warts (Caused by Human Papillomavirus, HPV): 

Genital warts are small growths or bumps that appear on the genital area, caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV).Symptoms may include painless bumps or growths on the genitals, itching, and bleeding during sex. 

Treatment options include topical medications, such as podophyllin or imiquimod, to remove the warts, as well as procedures like cryotherapy (freezing), laser therapy, or surgical removal for larger or persistent warts. Vaccination against HPV can help prevent genital warts and other HPV-related complications. 

In all cases, it’s essential to seek evaluation and treatment from a qualified healthcare professional, such as a gynecologist, dermatologist, or primary care provider, for accurate diagnosis and personalised management. They can provide guidance on appropriate treatment options based on individual symptoms, medical history, and preferences, as well as offer support and education regarding preventive measures and long-term management strategies.  For more information, book an appointment with our specialist GPs at our sexual health clinic in Newcastle.