Sex is an important part of many relationships. It is also therapeutic, reduces stress levels and provides both partners with a sense of happiness for themselves individually, and each other.

We can help and advise you on all stages of sexual health, from planning on becoming sexually active for the first time, to contraception, conception and fertility.

Sexual Health encompasses:

  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Fertility / Infertility
  • Sexual Relationship Difficulty
  • Pregnancy
  • Facts
  • Hepatitis B is more contagious than HIV.
  • Women are at greater risk of acquiring STDs than men.
  • Men, women and children can be immunised against HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) .
  • STDs affect both Heterosexuals and Homosexuals – currently rates are increasing at a greater rate in Heterosexuals.

At Custom House Square Medical Centre our Doctors are experienced at assisting with many problems in these areas:

Physical Problems – eg Erectile dysfunction
Medical Problems – eg non STD infection
Emotional Problems – may require additional specialist counselling
Fertility / Infertility

STD’s

Our doctors can provide:
Pre-conceptual screening and advice
Primary Infertility Analysis – Medical History and Examination,
Hormonal Profiling & Seminal Analysis
Initial Fertility assistance
Specialist Referral
Full STD Screening – 150 euro

Pregnancy:
Planned pregnancy – Antenatal Care
Unplanned pregnancy – Non Judgemental Non Directive advice & assistance
Paternity Testing

FAQ’s

Frequently asked questions:
Can I be screened for everything straight away? – There is what we call a ‘window period’ which means that specific tests done too early from time of exposure will not pick up the evidence of an infection and could falsely reassure all that an infection has not been acquired – hence the doctor who attends you will advise you of the appropriate timing of relevant tests.

Can I be screened for all STDs? – No – there are some infections where there are specific diagnostic tests and we perform all of these; however other infections may only be diagnosed clinically i.e. by the doctors knowledge and experience and still others may be acquired but not be evident clinically or by specific test.

Can all STDs be treated? – Yes we have an ever increasing array of treatments available – however whilst all STDs can be treated we may not be able to cure or eradicate all infections completely.

Why bother screening for those STDs that can’t be cured or eradicated?
There are many good reasons:
To prevent potential spread of infection to current / future sexual partners.
To minimise further recurrences or spread of infection within your self.
To prevent / screen for specific cancers which can occur secondary to some infections.
To protect your future fertility.To protect your future children.

What does ‘Double Dutch’ mean? – This expression implies the use of condoms and additional contraception to try and prevent both unplanned pregnancy and STDs – remembering that it is impossible to totally prevent the acquisition of all STDs if you are going to be sexually active.

Contraception

Contraception allows men and women to enjoy a full sexual relationship without the fear of an unplanned pregnancy. Whilst there is never an ideal or perfect time in life to become a parent, contraception allows us to try and time this as best possible amongst studies, career paths and other trials and tribulation of adult life.

At Custom House Square Medical centre we can advise you on all types of contraception, how to use same properly and the various pros / cons of different types to ensure you can enjoy a sexual relationship and good health.

Oral Contraceptive Pill / Mini Pill
Injection – Depo-Provera®
LARC – Implanon® / Mirena®
Nuvaring®
Emergency Contraception – Morning After Pil

LARC

Long acting reversible contraception – is considered the best and safest form for of contraception for most women. This allows women safely enjoy a healthy sexual relationship whilst deciding the most opportune time to have children and indeed how many children they feel they can best manage/afford.

As the term suggests, after an initial consultation and then intervention with the Doctor – these methods provide a > 99% efficacy for 3 to 5 years. They can at any stage in the interim be removed, allowing a woman’s fertility to quickly return to her normal levels.

All of the doctors at CHSMC are familiar with these and can advise you as to risks/benefits of these methods and as to which if any may be suitable for you.

Most, but not all of our Doctors, are proficient in their insertion and removal.
Mirena – Intrauterine system, contains very low dose Progesterone; lasts up to 5 years.
Implanon – intradermal implant, contains very low dose Progesterone, lasts up to 3 years.
Non Hormonal Contraceptive Intrauterine System – contains low dose copper, lasts up to 5 years.

(In)fertility/Pregnancy

Our doctors can provide:
Pre-conceptual screening and advice
Primary Infertility Analysis – Medical History and Examination,
Hormonal Profiling & Seminal Analysis
Initial Fertility assistance
Specialist Referral

Pregnancy:
Planned pregnancy – Antenatal Care
Unplanned pregnancy – Non Judgemental Non Directive advice & assistance
Paternity Testing