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What is sexual medicine?
Sexual medicine is a branch of general medicine concerned with sexually transmitted infections (STI) such as herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, as well as sexual health matters for both men and women.
Reasons to use our sexual health service
People generally come to our sexual health service if they’re showing symptoms of STIs or for genital conditions and problems. There are many infections that are sexually transmitted, but not all infections show symptoms. An example of an STI which is generally symptomless is chlamydia, where approximately 70% of women are asymptomatic.
The main risks of such an infection can be pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility and painful intercourse. For other sexually transmitted infections the range of symptoms varies depending on the types of infection.
Wide range of treatments
STIs and sexual conditions can cause a broad range of symptoms and it’s important to diagnose quickly so it can be treated accordingly. The Sexual Medicine departments at BMI Healthcare offer treatment for a wide range of STIs and sexual conditions, including:
- Genital herpes
- Genital warts
- Pubic lice
The type of sexual health treatment you will receive will depend on your symptoms. Your consultant will assess your condition and give you a specialist opinion. If further diagnostic tests or treatments are required, these will be explained fully during your consultation.
Common symptoms related to STIs include:
- Genital itching
- Genital discomfort or pain
- Rash localised and/or generalised
- Sexual dysfunction
- Skin lumps and ulceration
Common genital conditions include:
- Vaginal and/or urethral discharge
- Genital lumps
- Unexplained genital/pelvic pain
Common sexual problems for men:
- Premature ejaculation
- Erectile dysfunction
Common sexual problems for woman
- Painful intercourse
- Genital pain
- Loss of libido
Common sexual health diagnostic tests:
- Blood samples
- Urine samples
- Swabs from the urethra
- Swabs from the vagina
- Genital examination
What the sexual health service at BMI Healthcare offers
Sexual medicine at BMI Healthcare offers you fast, direct and convenient appointments with a consultant specialising in all areas of sexual health. Your consultant may be able to reassure you that what you are experiencing is nothing to be concerned about or they can discuss treatment options that could relieve your symptoms so you can return to enjoying your life.
Together, you and your consultant can decide the best route for you and develop a tailor made treatment package to achieve optimum results.