Part of being healthy is about feeling good physically, mentally and emotionally. Being sexually healthy means that we take responsibility to ensure that we protect ourselves and others, emotionally and physically, that we avoid infections and illnesses.
Sexual health is an important part of our health and wellbeing and we make the best decisions for ourselves with regard to our sexual partners and sexual practice when we feel healthy and well.
Your mental health can impact greatly on your sexual health and vice versa, from:
- feeling low, poor libido and not wishing to be intimate with a loved one
- through to promiscuity and feeling pressured into having sex so that we fit in.
There are many reasons why someone may not feel they have sexual wellbeing and a great local resource to find out answers to many questions is on the Get It On Website where information for St Helens, Widnes and Runcorn can be found on relationships, sex, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, pregnancy, local services, women’s health and men’s health.
If you live in Wigan the following services will help and support you:
- The Shine – Sexual health and contraception clinics – 01942 483188
- Brook young peoples contraception and sexual health service – 01942 483180
- Leigh walk-in centre – Contraception clinic, Leigh Infirmary – 01942 264002
If you live in Warrington, Bridgewater’s sexual health service will support you in many ways. Click on this link.
In Oldham the Sexual health hub provides information about the free, friendly and confidential sexual health services in Oldham including information and advice on all types of contraception and STI testing and treatment. Visit the website by clicking here.