Most men and women experience sexual dysfunction at some point in their lives. Sexual health clinics provide much-needed support in this area, helping to improve wellbeing, strengthen family relationships and treat fertility problems.
However, cuts to sexual services could leave thousands without support, leading to further potential problems for the NHS and its patients.
About sexual dysfunction
The cuts to sexual health services could be a serious problem for the thousands of men and women across the country who suffer from sexual health issues. While sexual dysfunction is commonly associated with men, a large number of women also risk being affected by the cuts, which include the decommissioning of the services offered by sexual health clinics. The cuts mean that treatment and support for conditions such as erectile dysfunction, pain, fertility problems and more could become much more difficult for patients to access.
In most cases, sexual dysfunction isn’t something that goes away overnight. Many conditions, including those that form female sexual dysfunction, can lead to other mental and physical health problems that require ongoing treatment.
Where to get help for sexual dysfunction
If you think you could be suffering from a sexual health problem, it’s important to be aware of the services available in your area. The first port of call should be your GP, who will be able to provide you with a diagnosis, support and treatment.
There are other places you can go if you have sexual health concerns. Your local sexual health clinic, providing it is still in operation, can provide you with testing for infections and advice on any other symptoms you’re experiencing.
It can be intimidating to open up about sexual issues, but it’s important to realise that the sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you can get the help and treatment you need.
Sexual health services in East Berkshire
There are several sexual health services in East Berkshire which can help you tackle different kinds of problems.
Contraception/family planning clinics
You can get free, confidential family planning advice at contraception clinics, which include sessions within practice hours as well as dedicated clinics. The Garden Clinic (Skimped Hill Health Centre), Bracknell, offers various services.
Time to Test is an STI and sexual health clinic that provides free testing services and advice.
Your local pharmacy is an excellent source of support for sexual health concerns, no matter where you live. You can use your pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter contraception, such as condoms, while most pharmacies also offer emergency contraception if needed. These are just some of the health services that pharmacies provide, and it’s worth familiarising yourself with them if you need medical advice outside of regular clinic hours.
A call to 111 will direct you to the services you need. Don’t suffer in silence with sexual dysfunction – reach out for support and treatment.