Teenage Health


Teenage Health

InformationI need advice on contraception

Your doctor can advise you about contraception and prescribe it. Or you can attend a family planning clinic, a specialist confidential clinic that deals only with contraception and does not pass on information to anyone else, including your doctor and your doctor’s surgery. For Family Planning Clinic times and information please ring 01271 341562 or 01237 420200. There is a drop-in clinic (no appointment necessary) for young persons at Bideford Hospital on Tuesdays 3.30pm-5pm.

InformationI need 'emergency' contraception, otherwise known as 'The Morning After Pill'

The emergency contraceptive pill can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It is available from any GP, family planning clinic, A&E or can be bought from the chemist. In some cases a coil can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is very effective as emergency contraception.

InformationI think I may be pregnant

See your doctor, family planning clinic, or nurse as soon as possible. If you can please take a pregnancy test first. Your doctor and nurse can provide help and advice on all aspects of pregnancy – from tests, to healthy eating, to contraception, to abortion.

InformationI think I may have a sexually transmitted disease

There are lots of ways to get help or advice with this. You could see your doctor at Bideford Medical Centre, or you could go to the GUM (Genito-Urinary medicine) clinic at Bideford Hospital or North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple- see below for their phone numbers.

GUM services are run by doctors and nurses who specialise in sexual health- these clinics are strictly confidential, you don’t even have to give your real name if you don’t want to. And you are quite welcome to go along with a friend or your girlfriend or boyfriend.

It’s normal for young people to worry about sex, and there are often simple explanations for all sorts of symptoms such as discharge from the penis or vagina, and funny ‘lumps and bumps’, but these can also be signs of infection, many of which require simple treatment, mostly with tablets. If you have any worries, or questions to ask about sex and sexual health, or if you have a rash, an itch, a discharge, pain when doing a wee, pain during sex or any other symptoms that concern you, please do not hesitate to see your doctor or the GUM clinic.

Chlamydia is on the rise, and affects men and women. As it mostly causes no symptoms at all you can have it without knowing, but testing for it is simple and prevents long-term problems. Most people are relieved to get answers to their questions and the sooner any problems get sorted, the better!

You can make a confidential appointment at the GUM clinic as follows:

Barnstaple GUM Clinic : Barnstaple Health Centre, Vicarage St, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 7BH Telephone: 01271 341562

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