Monkey-Pox

We are aware of increasing numbers of cases of Monkeypox present in the UK population.

If you have a sexual health concern AND have any of the following symptoms, please call our central booking line on 01904 721111 and one of our team will be able to get you the help you need.

Do not come directly to clinic if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Rash on any part of your body
  • Fever
  • New lump/s in neck, groin or under your arm

AND

  1. Are you a gay, bisexual or other man who has sex with men?
  2. Have you had contact with someone with confirmed Monkeypox in the 21 days before symptom onset?
  3. Have you travelled to West and Central Africa, USA, Spain and Portugal in the 21 days before symptoms onset

 

We are unable to supply repeat contraceptive pills, patches and injections for those aged 20 and over these must be provided by your GP.

We can insert, exchange and remove implants and contraceptive coils for all ages and start all service users on a new form of contraception.

If you are experiencing severe pain and our clinics are closed please telephone NHS 111, for help and information 24 hours a day 365 days a year or attend the nearest A&E department. 

If you require Sexual health/Contraception care, please call our central booking line from 8:15am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:15am to 3:30pm Friday and 9am to 12pm Saturday, on 01904 721111 and press option 1. 

Please note - we are not able to offer 'walk-in' services - all appointments need to be arranged through our booking team

Aged 17 or under? You can also text us on 07973 775692 to make an appointment Monday-Friday 8.15am-3:30pm. 

We kindly ask that you continue to wear face mask when you attend our clinics. 

If you are unable to speak on the phone for any other reason (i.e. hearing impairment or at risk within your home) you can email us on www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/york/contact-us/

No symptoms but want an STI screen? Please order a testing kit online:

For York https://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/york/york-home/online-booking-and-testing/

For North Yorkshire https://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/north-yorkshire/north-yorkshire-home/online-booking-and-testing/

Your GP may be able to help with your contraception needs.

 

 

 

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Abortion

What is an abortion?

An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy.

It's also sometimes known as a termination of pregnancy.

The pregnancy is ended either by taking medicines or having a surgical procedure.

 

What happens during an abortion

Before having an abortion, you'll have an appointment to talk about your decision and what happens next.

Whenever possible, you should be given a choice of how you would like the abortion to be carried out.

There are 2 options:

After an abortion, you'll probably need to take things easy for a few days. It's likely you'll have some discomfort and vaginal bleeding for up to 2 weeks.

Risks of an abortion

Abortion is a safe procedure. Abortions are safest, and happen with less pain and bleeding, when carried out as early as possible in pregnancy.

Most will not experience any problems, but there is a small risk of complications, such as:

If complications do occur, you may need further treatment, including surgery.

Having an abortion will not affect your chances of becoming pregnant again and having normal pregnancies in the future. You may be able to get pregnant immediately after an abortion so need to start contraception as soon as possible.

When can an abortion can be carried out?

Most abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are carried out before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

They can be carried out after 24 weeks in very limited circumstances – for example, if the mother's life is at risk or the child would be born with a severe disability.

Deciding to have an abortion

The decision to have an abortion is yours alone.

Some may be certain they want to have an abortion, while others may find it more difficult to make a decision.

Everyone requesting an abortion can discuss their options with, and receive support from, a trained pregnancy counsellor if they wish.

Where can I get more support and access counselling?

Abortion can bring up some difficult feelings, whether you’re deciding whether it’s the right option or you or you’ve had an abortion already. It’s okay to talk about your emotions around abortion and to need support. Abortion services offer counselling, where you can talk about your mental health in a non-judgemental and confidential environment.

BPAS counselling service

MSI counselling service

How can I access an abortion?

Abortions can only be carried out under the care of an NHS hospital or a licensed clinic, and are usually available free of charge on the NHS.

There are two main abortion providers in the UK. Please follow these links for more information:

BPAS

MSI

You can contact either of these providers to discuss your options around abortion.

After an abortion you will be offered ongoing contraception within the abortion service. In addition to this you can access contraception after an abortion at your GP or at your local sexual health clinic.

Further information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/

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