Sexual health

Sexual health is not just about using contraception or avoiding infections. Sexual health means enjoying the sexual activity you want without causing yourself or anyone else suffering, physical or mental harm.

Making positive choices about contraception and sexual health is important not just for your physical health, but also for your general well-being. If you're anxious about your sexual health or feel unwell, this can have a knock-on effect on all aspects of your life - your work, your studies, your future and your relationships with your partners, family and friends.

If you are under 16 you have the same right to confidential services as adults and can seek advice about sex and relationships whatever your age. 

You can get sexual health advice and support from the NHS website, and you can also find a sexual health clinic near you.


When it comes to contraception there are many choices, and it's so important to use what's right for you. This will change as you go through life.

You can read about all the different contraception methods on the Let's talk about it website.

For further advice you can drop into the No Limits advice centre. Free condoms, pregnancy tests, C Cards and Chlamydia tests are available at all these venues.

Useful telephone numbers

Sexual Health and National AIDS Helpline - 0300 123 7123

Southampton Young People's Clinics - 0300 123 7399

Remember, you can always talk to your doctor about anything.