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Women's Sexual Health

Cervical Screening­

If you are registered with a GP you can expect to be invited for cervical screening every three years after the age of 25. Women who were sexually active at a younger age or who have had a number of sexual partners are more at risk of cervical cancer. If you are invited for a test it does not mean that you are particularly at risk from cervical cancer since all women aged 25-64 are invited.

More Cervical Screening Information

Breast Screening

Women are encouraged to check their breasts regularly and you should go to your GP if you detect a lump at any time. All women between the ages of 50 and 70 are automatically invited for a mammogram every three years. Breast cancer can occur at any age in mature females but is most common in the 50-70 year old age group.

More information about Breast Lumps


Most couples who have unprotected sex regularly get pregnant anywhere between 6 months and two years.  If you think you or your partner may have a problem then your GP or community family planning service may be able to help. Only a small number of people are completely infertile, more may be sub-fertile, and this can be helped with treatment.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment is available according to strict criteria, your GP will be able to advise you if you qualify for IVF treatment on the NHS.

Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV

If you have had unprotected sex and think you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or HIV then you need to get checked out. Many STIs do not have any symptoms in women, so you might not even know if you are infected, but you could be passing it on to your new partners.

Contact the clinic for genito-urinary medicine (GUM) on 01384 456111 ext 3900.

Remember the sooner you see a health professional the better – some infections can cause long term health problems if they are not treated early.

You can find out more about GUM and STIs please view the 'information about' section of the site.

Summit House Support

This is a charitable organisation that supports individuals and families affected by HIV.

There are HIV support groups and a gay men’s outreach project.

Telephone: 01384 243220


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