Relationships and Sexual Health

Your Healthy Family Team is able to provide advice and support with personal relationships and queries around your sexual health during and after pregnancy.

Sexual health in young people

We operate a drop in and/or appointment service for young people in most secondary schools, which includes advice on:

  • Choices and delaying sex
  • Healthy relationships and consent
  • Pressures to send sexual images
  • Contraception advice
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing and options
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Gender (LGBT)/homophobic issues/concerns
  • Condoms via ‘eC-card’ scheme – see more about ‘eC’-card’ in the links to the right of this page

Your Healthy Family Team can also help with managing relationships, particularly in regard to unhealthy/abusive relationships.

Relationships and sexual health in pregnancy

It’s normal to have queries about your sexual health during and after pregnancy. Some people may experience strains in relationships with those around them.

Your Healthy Family Team is able to offer information, advice and signposting on any sexual health concerns. For example, at the new birth contact (10-14 days after birth) your health visitor may discuss and give you advice on contraception.

Free condoms

Young people are able to access ec-cards for free condoms and support at community drop-ins. Contact your local Healthy Family Team for dates and times.

What happens next?

You can find out more about contraception from a midwife, nurse or doctor in hospital or from your midwife or health visitor at home.

You (and your partner) can also visit your GP practice or a contraception or sexual health clinic.

You can find out more about local sexual health services, clinic times and how to contact them on the Essex Sexual Health Service website.