ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL WELLBEING?

We have worked with partners across Greater Manchester to bring you information, tips and tools to enhance your sexual wellbeing.

Sex is an important part of our overall health

A happy, healthy sex life can be fun and exciting, intimate and loving, pleasurable and fulfilling. Most importantly, sex should be enjoyable and safe for everyone involved.

Sex means different things to different people, and there are lots of different ways to explore your sexuality. Your likes and dislikes are as important in sex as they are anywhere else. You should never feel awkward or pressured when it comes to sex. Youshould be able to say no whenever you want.

The most important part of any relationship is good communication. Talking about your feelings, your interests and your desires is the best way to have a healthy, positive sex life.

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CONTRACEPTION

Contraception can be used to reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy. There is a choice of more than a dozen methods of contraception and most people are easily able to find a method that is suitable for them. You can get many methods of contraception, including the contraceptive pill from your GP. Sexual & reproductive health clinics offer all methods of contraception.

Condoms

Contraceptive Implant

Contraceptive Injection

Contraceptive Pill

The benefits of sex

Sex, including hugging, can be really good for you. Studies show that intimate relationships can keep tension and stress levels down, help lower your heart rate and blood pressure, and be beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing!

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Fertility

Pregnancy

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Sexual ill-health

Good sexual health is important for overall health and wellbeing, but there are a number of infections that can be passed on through sexual activity.

Safer sex helps to reduce the risks of picking up or passing on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and of unwanted pregnancy. Condoms are the only type of contraception that can both prevent and protect against STIs.

In the UK we are lucky to have free and confidential sexual health services for anyone to attend. You can get free condoms, contraception, check-ups for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and impartial advice about anything to do with your sexual health.

People express their gender and sexuality, and use their bodies in different ways. Knowledge helps address anxiety caused by myths and lets people take control of their sexual health. Talking to your partners about what you want from the relationship and the sex you're having, might be uncomfortable, but opening up this discussion can be a really useful tool to help you have healthier and happier relationships.

Don't be afraid to say what you want or like from sex - sex should be fun and give you an opportunity to explore your own wants and needs as well as those of your partner.

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Sexual wellbeing in older people

Things inevitably change as you get older, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop having sex and intimate relationships.

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Sexual wellbeing for young people

In the UK we are lucky to have free and confidential sexual health services for young people to attend. You can get free condoms, contraception, check-ups for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and impartial advice about anything to do with your sexual health.

You can be intimate without going all the way or putting yourself at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Having sex doesn't always involve penetration. Kissing, touching and holding each other can give you a lot of pleasure.

Doing anything sexual with your partner doesn't guarantee a long or happy relationship. Don't feel pressured into doing things you're not ready for. It's OK to wait and it is always OK to say "No".

NHS Information for young people on safer sex, including how to avoid pregnancy and protecting yourself from STIs.

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SEXUAL WELLBEING FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

People express their gender and sexuality in different ways and will use their bodies in different ways. Knowledge helps address anxiety caused by myths and lets people take control of their sexual health. Talking to your partners about what you want from the relationship and the sex you're having, might be uncomfortable, but opening up this discussion can be a really useful tool to help you have healthier and happier relationships.

Don't be afraid to say what you want or like from sex - sex should be fun and give you an opportunity to explore your own wants and needs as well as those of your partner.

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