Your sexual health is an important part of your overall health. It is a natural part of life and involves more than just sexual behaviour.
It involves having access to sexual health information, education and care, and being able to talk about sexual health with others such as your sexual partners and healthcare providers.
Sexual health concerns the prevention of disease, family planning, fertility and healthy relationships. So, it is important to be well informed on all aspects of your sexual health and to be aware of what can interfere with having a satisfying and healthy sex life.
Sexual Health Check-ups
We recommend regular sexual health check-ups to ensure you carry on enjoying a healthy and satisfying sex life. Whether you are currently sexually active or not, it is still important to look after your sexual health. Don’t be embarrassed, we are professionals and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Men’s Sexual Health & Wellbeing
You may have concerns about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI) or want to learn more about erectile dysfunction and other men's sexual health problems. Maybe you want to better understand the common changes that takes place in men’s sexual health as you get older, and how to maintain and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.
Men’s sexual health check-ups include:
Women’s Sexual Health & Wellbeing
You may have concerns about preventing pregnancy and STIs or want to learn more about low libido and other women's sexual health problems. Maybe you want to understand the common changes that takes place in women’s sexual health as you get older, and how to maintain and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.
Women’s sexual health check-ups include:
Young Peoples Sexual Health & Wellbeing
You may want to learn about preventing pregnancy and STIs, how to know when you are ready for sex, or other young people’s sexual health concerns. Maybe you want to understand more about the common changes that takes place with your sexual health as you go through puberty, and how this can affect your overall health and wellbeing. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.
Young people’s sexual health check-ups include:
Contraception education and advice,
Education and advice for girls on common changes in their body during puberty
Education and advice for boys on common changes in their body during puberty
LGBT Sexual Health & Wellbeing
You may want to learn about preventing pregnancy and STIs, coming out, gender modification or other sexual health issues relevant to you. Maybe you want to understand more about the common changes that take place with your sexual health as you get older, and how to maintain and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. Whatever your sexual health concerns, we are here to help.
LGBT’s sexual health check-ups include:
Fertility and family planning education and advice.
HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men aged between 16 and 26 years.
Arranging referrals to specialists on gender identity, transgender medicine and psychology.
Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
We perform STI screening for a fee of €100 for both private patients and Medical Card/GP Visit Card holders.
STI screening is free of charge and confidential at any of the following locations.
Galway University Hospital, Galway City (091) 525 200. Walk in clinics are open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9-12 noon.
Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway (090) 9648 372 (extension 676)
STI screening is also available at:
Galway Family Planning Centre, Lismoyle House, Augustine Street, Galway. 091 562 992, www.ifpa.ie
The NHS Living Well sexual health information and guides provide valuable information and guidelines on a range of sexual health and wellbeing topics. Click on the links below to find out more.
Find out about the 15 methods of contraception available on the NHS, plus where to get them and how to decide which method suits you.
Answers to sex FAQs, including saying no, what to do if a condom splits, being gay and more.
Find out what's normal for a vagina, including discharge, size, periods, childbirth and menopause, and how to keep clean and healthy.
All you need to know to keep your penis clean, healthy and fit for purpose.
How to talk about sex to your partner, teenager or younger child, and why it's important. With tips on what to say.
Could you have an STI (sexually transmitted infection)? Find out about symptoms, where to get tests and treatment, and how to protect yourself.
How to have a healthy and fulfilling sex life. Learn about sexual arousal and get tips on how to keep the passion alive.
Find out about fertility, including getting pregnant, fertility problems and IVF.
Find out more about gender identity issues and read real stories about living as a trans person.
Health information for people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Includes sexual health and having children.
Everything you need to know about the menopause, including the effects on your body, how your GP can help you, and what you can do to relieve the symptoms.