We understand the importance of sexual health in maintaining overall well-being, and we are dedicated to offering a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental environment for all patients in the areas of contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other concerns.
At The Practice Bundanoon, we recognize that sexual health encompasses a wide range of concerns, including contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and reproductive health. Our team of caring healthcare professionals is experienced in providing a range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients.
One of the key areas of our sexual health services includes contraceptive options, and we are pleased to offer the insertion of both intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the Implanon (The Rod) as reliable and effective methods of birth control. In addition to IUDs and the Implanon, The Practice Bundanoon offers a comprehensive range of other contraceptive methods, including the prescription of oral contraceptives (the pill), contraceptive injections, contraceptive patches, and barrier methods such as condoms. Our healthcare professionals will take the time to discuss your individual needs, preferences, and medical history to help you choose the most suitable contraceptive method for you.
At The Practice Bundanoon, we believe that sexual health goes beyond contraception. We are committed to providing comprehensive sexual health care, which includes:
- STI Testing and Treatment: We offer confidential and non-judgmental testing for a wide range of sexually transmitted infections. Our healthcare professionals will guide you through the process, provide education about safe sexual practices, and recommend appropriate treatment options if needed.
- Reproductive Health: We offer a range of services to support reproductive health, including assistance with family planning. Our healthcare professionals can provide guidance and support in optimising your reproductive health, whether you are planning a pregnancy or seeking to understand your reproductive options.
- Sexual Health Education: We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about sexual health. Our healthcare professionals are available to provide education on topics such as healthy relationships, consent, safe sex practices, and sexually transmitted infections. We are here to answer your questions, address any concerns, and provide resources to support your sexual health journey.
At The Practice Bundanoon, we prioritise the confidentiality and comfort of our patients. We understand that discussing sexual health can be sensitive and personal, and we ensure a safe and respectful environment for all our patients.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The frequency of STI testing depends on your sexual activity and individual risk factors. As a general guideline, it is recommended to get tested for STIs if you have multiple sexual partners, engage in unprotected sex, or have been exposed to an STI. Your healthcare provider can assess your specific situation and provide personalized recommendations for testing intervals.
Common STI tests include blood tests, urine tests, and swabs of the genital area. Blood tests can detect infections such as HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis. Urine tests are commonly used to screen for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Swabs may be taken from the cervix, urethra, throat, or rectum to test for specific infections. The type of test you receive will depend on your symptoms, risk factors, and the specific STIs being screened.
STI tests are generally reliable but can have varying levels of accuracy depending on the specific test and the timing of the test in relation to potential exposure. Some tests have a higher accuracy rate, while others may have a window period during which the infection might not be detectable. It’s important to discuss the test’s accuracy and any potential limitations with your healthcare provider.
There are various methods of birth control available, including hormonal methods (such as birth control pills, patches, injections, and implants), barrier methods (such as condoms and diaphragms), intrauterine devices (IUDs), and fertility awareness-based methods. Each method works differently to prevent pregnancy. Your healthcare provider can discuss the options, their effectiveness, and help you choose the most suitable method based on your preferences and medical history.
Some forms of birth control, such as hormonal methods like birth control pills, patches, and injections, typically require a prescription. However, over-the-counter options like condoms and emergency contraception (morning-after pill) are available without a prescription. Your healthcare provider can guide you through the process of obtaining a prescription and discuss the most appropriate birth control method for you.
Yes, medical professionals are bound by confidentiality and privacy laws. Your visit to a local medical center for sexual health services, including STI testing and birth control, will remain confidential. The information you share with your healthcare provider will be kept private and will not be disclosed without your consent, except in certain legal circumstances, such as reporting certain communicable diseases as required by law.