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Sexual health and young people

Sexual health and young people

Your sexual health is an important part of your physical and mental health and well-being.

Good sexual health is:

  • being able to have positive and equal relationships

  • being happy with the choices you are making

  • not being forced into doing something you don't want to   

Our commitment to North Lincolnshire's residents is to ensure everyone has access to good information and easy access to great sexual health services. 

Everything you need to know about sexual health services in North Lincolnshire can be found at Sexual Health North Lincolnshire  

Most people have sex for the first time when they're 16 or older - not before. Although there's a legal age of consent, it’s not necessarily the right age for you to start having sex.

There are no rules about how long you have to be going out with someone before you have sex. Being ready happens at different times for everyone. Don't decide to have sex just because your friends are pressuring you.

Visit NHS Choices to find out the 10 things you need to ask yourself if you're thinking about having sex.

People who are sexually active can get sexually transmitted infections. Not all infections have symptoms. So you or anyone you have sex with could have an infection and not know about it. That’s why it’s important to use condoms. For more information on condoms and where to get them for free see the contraception section below. 

Although most infections can be quickly and easily treated if they are found early, some can cause long-term problems such as infertility in women if they are not treated early. 

A routine sexual health check-up consists of tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis. You may be offered some extra tests, for example hepatitis B, if necessary.  

For more information about STIs or getting screened see Sexual Health North Lincolnshire

If you want to find out if you’re pregnant, a urine test can show positive as early as the first day of a missed period.

Pregnancy test kits can be bought from shops such as pharmacies and supermarkets. If you can't afford a kit you can get tested for free. Contact Sexual Health North Lincs for more information.

There are lots of different types of contraception available, including:

  • Tablets, injections, diaphragms and patches

  • Implants and ‘Intra-uterine devices’

  • Condoms (male or female)

With the exception of condoms, contraception is free on prescription in England. However you can obtain condoms for free via the C Card scheme. All you have to do is register with your local Choice Clinic (see Sexual Health North Lincs for locations).

You can then pick them up free from a number of chemists or GPs displaying the choices logo. Condoms are also widely available to buy from many shops, pharmacies, garages and supermarkets.

Condoms are the only form of contraception which will reduce the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. 

Contraception is available from your GP and Sexual Health North Lincs.    

If you need emergency contraception it is really important to speak to a pharmacist, your GP or Sexual Health North Lincs as soon as possible as some methods are less effective the longer you leave it.  

There are two types of tablets which can be used:

  • Levonorgestrel - Has to be taken within three days

  • Ulipristal - Can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. GPs and Sexual Health Services can prescribe it.

Intra-Uterine Devices are the most effective emergency contraception but need to be fitted by a specialist.

Deciding to have an abortion is often a difficult choice. By getting advice early on, you have time to discuss the options, make the right choice for you and get the right care.

In North Lincolnshire you can access, by self referral, an NHS funded abortion from Marie Stopes, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and at Scunthorpe General Hospital.   

For more information about these services visit

North Lincolnshire has a dedicated Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for men and women aged 16 and over. The Casa Suite provides support and advice, forensic medical assessments, 24 hour crisis workers and can support and advise on the criminal investigation process if appropriate.

You can call the Casa Suite to speak to a member of staff from Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm on 01482 305037.

Alternatively you can contact the police in an emergency on 999 or for non-emergencies on 101.

The CASA Suite is located in Hull. Please contact us on on 01482 305037 for address details and information on getting there.

  • Your School or College Nurse 

The Adolescent Lifestyle Survey [PDF 4Mb] - the largest survey of 11 to 15 year olds in North Lincolnshire.  More than 5,700 young people took part.

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Contact details

0300 330 11 22

Sexual Health - North Lincolnshire

Opening hours

Please contact the Sexual Health North Lincolnshire central booking line on 0300 330 11 22 regarding available appointments and walk-in clinic times.

Last updated: 12/04/2017