What is contraception?
The term contraception refers to different methods used to protect women from becoming pregnant. Some methods of contraception can also help to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections such as condoms. For more information about contraception please make an appointment to see a doctor.
General practitioners at The UoM Health Service can provide advice regarding contraception options, and guidance in deciding the best option for each patient. The various forms of contraception that our doctors can provide information about include condoms, the contraceptive pill, Nuvaring, an Intrauterine device or Implanon. Implanon and Intrauterine devices can also be inserted by general practitioners onsite. For further information regarding contraceptive options, please make an appointment with one of our general practitioners. You can also refer to the websites below for more information.
Where do you get contraception?
Condoms are readily available and can be purchased from many outlets including chemists, supermarkets and service stations. You may also be able to get free condoms and dental dams from family planning centres or sexual health centres. Condom packages should include information on how to use condoms. Otherwise if you are unsure how to apply a condom correctly please see How to use a condom.
Other contraception options such as the contraceptive pill need to be prescribed by a doctor and purchased at a chemist. Please make an appointment to see one of our doctors to discuss the pill and other options available for both men and women. For further information on methods of contraception, please refer to the above contraception options.
Sexually transmitted infections
Doctors at the UoM Health Service are both knowledgeable and experienced in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
The University of Melbourne Health Service recommends that you make an appointment to see a doctor for a sexual health check if:
- You have had unprotected sexual intercourse with one or more partners
- If your partner has had unprotected sex with a person other than you
If you experience any symptoms including
- Pain when passing urine
- Itching or irritation in the genital area
- Pain during sex
- Blisters in the genital area OR
- Unusual discharge from your penis or vagina
What is an STI?
A sexually transmitted infection, also known as an STI, is a bacterial, viral or parasitic infection that can be contracted during sexual activity. This can be through vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex or anal-oral sex. Anybody who is sexually active can be infected if they do not practice safe sex. If you have unprotected sex with a person infected with an STI, you are at high risk of catching that infection.
For further information about STI’s please make an appointment to see one of our doctors and refer to the links below.
- Sexually Transmissible Infections and sexually transmissible infections
Types of STIs
There are many sexually transmitted infections prevalent amongst both the heterosexual and homosexual community. These include chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genital herpes, scabies, pubic lice (crabs), hepatitis and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).
If you do not have any signs or symptoms related to one of these disease it is still recommended that you talk to your doctor about having a check–up as some of these diseases may not display signs or symptoms until later in the disease.
For further information please make an appointment to see one of our doctors and you can also refer to the links below.
Prevention of STIs
There are contraception methods such as condoms and dental dams which can be used to help prevent contracting or spreading STI’s to sexual partners.
For more information about STI’s please refer to the above sections on STI.
Also for further information regarding contraception please refer to contraception options.