Sometimes things happen in life and it's just not how we planned! If you have a sexual health dilemma find out using our interactive tool what you can do......
I’ve had unprotected sex.
Was it in the last 5 days?
You, or your partner, are within the time limit to access emergency contraception. You can get emergency contraception at your local pharmacy within three days of unprotected sex. Up to five days, visit Sandyford or your GP. It's free.
You could also be at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You should have a sexual health check at Sandyford. Many infections don't have obvious symptoms, and most infections are easily treated. It's free and confidential.
My partner has been diagnosed with an STI.
Have you had sex without using a condom?
You don't have to have had a lot of sexual partners to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Anyone who has sex, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, can be at risk of getting an infection. Some people with an STI have no symptoms so if you have had unprotected sex you should make an appointment to get tested.
The sooner you know you have an STI the sooner you can treat it, reduce any long-term consequences and make sure you don't pass it on to someone else.
If you find out that you have a sexually transmitted infection it is your responsibility to make sure you don't pass it on to anyone else. Always use a condom.
Well done for looking after your sexual health. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself from pregnancy and STI’s.
If you use a condom, it is very unlikely you will get an STI. However there are some STIs that in some cases could pose a slight risk even with a condom, such as genital warts. You could have a sexual health check if you are worried at all.
If your condom splits or comes off, unfortunately that's like having sex with no condom at all so definitely get a sexual health check.
The condom burst during sex.
Was it within the past 5 days?
I think I may have been raped/sexually assaulted.
This can happen to anyone and is not your fault. Help and support is available for you. Has this happened within the last 7 days?
Rape Crisis Scotland have some good advice for the here and now.
Archway at Sandyford is a fantastic service for anyone who has experienced rape or sexual assault in the last seven days. They offer support and counselling as well as gathering forensic evidence in case there is a chance of the assault being prosecuted. They will store the evidence if you need time to think about what you want to do.
If you are between 13-16 (or 13-18 if you are in care) it is a legal requirement for the police to be informed. You would be seen by a specially trained officer, and this can also take place at Archway if you would like it to.
If your assault was more than 7 days, ago, Archway at Sandyford can provide you with information on other organisations that can help.
Rape Crisis offer support over the phone or by e-mail.
I am pregnant.
Do you want to continue the pregnancy?
It is important to make an appointment with a midwife as soon as possible in pregnancy. Call 0141 232 4005.
In many parts of Scotland, teenagers pregnant with their first child can get extra support from their local Family nurse Partnership. A specially trained family nurse visits your home regularly from early pregnancy until your child is two.
You can get in contact with the scheme yourself, or a professional like your midwife, GP or teacher can refer you.
Finding out you're pregnant when you're a teenager can be very daunting, particularly if the pregnancy wasn't planned. You should talk through your options with a trusted adult and think carefully before you make any decisions about your pregnancy. One of the nurses at Youngpeople@sandyford clinics can help you think through your options as can the TOPAR service.
Your options are to:
- Not continue with the pregnancy and have an abortion
- Continue the pregnancy and raise the child
- Continue the pregnancy and have the baby adopted
If you do not want to continue the pregnancy, then time is important as it is best to have an abortion within 9 weeks of pregnancy. Contact TOPAR as early as possible. They can also help you work through your feelings if you are unsure what you want to do. They will not advise you one way or another, simply give you the space and support you need to make the decision that is best for you.
If you decide to continue with the pregnancy, there are a wide range of services to support you during pregnancy and after you've had your baby. Your midwife or health visitor can give you details of local services.