Sexual health

  • Brook

    Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for nearly 250,000 young people UK-wide, each year.


  • Sexual Health Helpline

    The National Sexual Health Helpline provided by Public Health England is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm.

    0300 123 7123

  • Family Planning Association

    A sexual health charity, the Family Planning Association gives straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

    020 7608 5240

    Family Planning Association

  • Continuous pill taking

    Many people choose “the pill” as a form of hormonal contraception, the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), traditionally taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day gap. Updated guidance advises continuous (every day) pill taking for improved ease and effectiveness and to reduce the troubles that come with regular menstrual periods.

    Information leaflet (PDF)
    Further information (PDF)

    FSRH Press Release

  • FRESH – Sexual Health & Contraception

    FRESH is a city-wide sexual health and contraception services with dedicated clinics for under 25s.


  • Find a local clinic

    Sexual health clinics offer various services to their patients. Some of the most common services include STI screenings, contraception consultations and provision, pregnancy tests and advice, and more.

    Find a Local Sexual Health Clinic

  • The Proud Trust (LGBT+)

    The Proud Trust is the home for LGBT+ Youth (Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Trans. Other identities).


  • Cervical Screening (Smear Test)

    If you or someone you know has questions about cervical screening (the smear test), cell changes, HPV or cervical cancer, take a look at the Jo’s Trust website. They have put together information with the help of experts and people with personal experience.


  • Sexual health and contraception clinics

    If you think you might have an infection, or just want a sexual health check-up, the doctors and nurses at Northern clinics in Manchester will be happy to help. These clinics are free and confidential.
    Your own GP clinic can provide some contraception and emergency contraception advice, and the Northern clinics offer this too. Some local pharmacies also provide an emergency contraception service.


  • Vaginal discharge

    Common causes for vaginal discharge include bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush (candida). These are not sexually transmitted infections although it is recommended to have a sexual health screen if they keep coming back. Advice on BV and thrush as well as tips on how to treat any symptoms you have can be found on the links below.

    BV (NHS)
    BV (Patient.Info)

    Vaginal thrush (NHS)
    Vaginal thrush (Patient.Info)

  • Further information

    For more information about Sexual Health topics including a contraception guide.

    NHS – Sexual Health