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Boy 1: I think it’s quite normal for teenagers to worry about whether they’ve done it right, whether the other person enjoyed it, whether they even enjoyed it themselves.

Hollyoaks Actor 1: I always strap up

Hollyoaks Actor 2: Bag Up

Hollyoaks Actor 3: You should always hood up

Dr Dawn: You shouldn’t look or physically feel any different after sex than you did before.

It is common for girls to notice some bleeding after the first couple of times they have sex. This is caused by the hymen breaking. The hymen is a thin bit of tissue partly covering the opening of the vagina. It can be broken during sex but can also be broken when using a tampon or during activities like horse riding. If you are bleeding after sex regularly, not just after the first or second time, you should see your GP.

Girl 1: I think girls are concerned in case they get pregnant but also i think girls might think about if it fits or not.

Dr Dawn: Sex should be pleasurable not painful. When a girl’s aroused the vagina produces a lubricating fluid.

If foreplay is rushed or missed, the vagina won’t have had a chance to produce enough fluid and the friction will mean sex is painful and the vagina and penis sore.

Some women’s vaginas produce less secretions in which case it may be necessary to use a lubricant such as KY Jelly. But choose your lubricant carefully – the oils in Vaseline and some moisturisers can weaken condoms in seconds.

For anal sex it’s important to use a well lubricated condom. Insufficient lubrication can cause condoms to burst.

Girl 2: I think it’s important for people to concentrate on safe sex and things because i don’t think somebody would be grateful for passing something on.

Dr Dawn: If you’re sexually active and have noticed something unusual down below:

A new bump. Lump or rash. Pain, bleeding or abnormal discharge go and see someone.Either your GP or local sexual health clinic and you must be honest with them. If you’ve had unprotected sex you have put yourself at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK. Often there are no symptoms so people don’t even know they have it. Left untreated Chlamydia can cause fertility problems in both men and women. And in Britain 1 in 10 people under the age of 25 are infected. In 2007 Christian screened twenty under 25s for ChlamydiaÖ

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Dr Christian: Do you remember that statistic I told you about how many people we think on average are infected with chlamydia, what was it,do you remember?

Boy 1: I think it was one in ten.

Dr Christian: Yeah it was 1 in ten. Well your results quite frankly are shocking because out of twenty of you here 4 of you have tested positive for chlamydia, that’s 1 in 5. The great thing it’s really easy to treat. We can get rid of it with a dose of antibiotics.

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Dr Dawn: The most common STI seen at sexual health clinics in the UK is genital warts. They can be passed on just by sexual contact, penetrative sex isn’t even necessary and wearing a condom won’t give 100% protection. If you notice small, fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes in the genital or anal area, either externally or internally, get them checked out by your GP or local sexual health clinic, as you may have developed genital warts.

The second most common STI in the UK is gonorrhoea.

Symptoms include an unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, and a burning sensation when weeing. It’s a bacterial infection in the semen and vaginal fluids but just like Chlamydia it is possible to have gonorrhoea and have no symptoms at all but left untreated gonorrhoea can cause really serious health problem later in life.

On this site there is a checker for sexually transmitted infections, where you’ll be able to check your risk and find information on the various infections and symptoms. If you’ve had unprotected sex, it really is best to get checked out as quickly as possible. Don’t wait for a sign something’s wrong because often there are no symptoms.

Let’s face it, the subject of sex can be embarrassing but the embarrassment is no where near as bad as suffering in secret.

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Am I Normal: After Sex

Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn’t normal after sex. You shouldn’t look and feel any different after you’ve had sex, but there are a number of health concerns that teenagers should be aware of. With STIs on the rise throughout the UK, Dr Dawn examines some of the common issues that can arise and finds out what teenagers and the cast of Hollyoaks think about STIs.

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I was really soar because I wasnt lubricated enough which I think may have ripped my skin around my vagina, I didnt look at it cause that pain was usual for me so I left it thinking that It would heal after a day or so, but it was really painful and I was having difficulty to use the toilet and sit down etc. The area would burn when in contact with urine. I observed myself in a mirror and realised I had some sort of blisters or spots in my vagina near my duct and around it and like one or two around my anus and im confused to what it might be? Did I catch an infection, im soar and can't sit down or walk properly, please help me





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Ma few times after my boyfriend have sex or he fingers me I get a uti well i dont know if it's actually a 'uninary track infection' but that's what we have googled and sounds exactly like it. What happens is I can't pee like I really really need to and I rush to the bathroom because I feel like I'll pee myself otherwise and I sit there for 2 hours (not joking was more then 2 hours) and I couldn't pee cause nothing would come out and if it did it burnt. Is this a UTI? And do I need to I to the doctors next time or do anything else please help





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When close to orgasm, females often feel the need to pee. It may be a UTI or this. Often when I wee after sex it's a bit difficult, I think this is normal due to all of the pressure created during sex.

I missed my period (hadn't seen it for six weeks+) and I thought I was pregnant but then my period came about a week ago...however after intercourse tonight I noticed a jelly like pea sized thing come out of me...is that normal or what exactly is it? Cuz I never noticed anything like that before post intercourse..I'm 30 yrs of age...thnxs in advance





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It may be vaginal fluids that have become compressed together, although I'd suggest speaking to your GP.

Hi I'm 6 months pregnant and as the pregnancy has gone on my boyfriend has got more scared about having sex he thinks he is going to harm the baby, I'm not sure how big he thinks his manhood is but he is definitely not going to feel the baby haha! I just need to reassure him that sex Is normal whilst pregnant anybody got any ideas of what I can do ? Would appreciate it a lot x





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I had protected sex with my boyfriend recently but I have been experiencing all the signs of pregnancy ever since. Is there a possibility I'm pregnant? Please help,thanks!:)





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When I bring a girl home to have sexual inter corse it get an erection before I start doing anything? And every girl I have slept with when I put it in it seems to hurt them is that something wrong with them or is it because my penis might be bigger then they may have had before ? 1 last thing I seem to get erections a lot when im out, on the bus, and when I'm home is it normal?





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Yep, it is entirely normal to get an erection before you start doing anything, since you're excited about the idea of what you're GOING to do, and your body responds to your mental anticipation just like it does to mechanical stimulation. It is also normal, though highly embarrassing!, to get erections for no particular reason all the time when you're younger. Sometimes you don't even have to think about sex! Your equipment just has a mind of its own at that time of life; try to enjoy it. XD If you're hurting a girl everytime then something is not right; and it is highly unlikely that ALL your partners would have "something wrong" with them. It is much more likely that you are perhaps being too impatient and/or too rough in your excitement, and don't give your partners enough time to physically relax and "open up". Females quite often need more of a "run-up" to getting excited and physically ready than guys. The pain might just be because she's still too dry inside. Next time I'd use plenty of lubricant, and it also helps if you "go solo" before intercourse (you can make this an enjoyable part of the foreplay between you) - then the second time round, you won't be steaming ahead so much, and it will give her more time to enjoy herself too.

I am 18 and over the past month or so, when me and my boyfriend have sex, i am always left in excruciating pain and my vagina goes very red and swollen. Also, after about 15 minutes of having sex i seem to go 'dry' and it makes the pain 10x worse, we've tried everything and nothing seems to work please help:(





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Have to say you might be allergic to his sperm or to the condoms he is using I would try bagbalm if it worsesens get chech by urterus speciallist it might mean you have an infection that can cause all the discomfort not serious but have him use also non-latex condoms most people are allergic to latex.

The extremely painful condition you describe is most likely related to having a circumcised partner. A circumcised penis adds very little or no moisture and pulls moisture out of the vagina every time he pulls part of the way out. Condoms could also add to the problem. A noncircumcised, or intact, penis, adds its own moisture. Also, since it moves in and out of the mobile skin on the shaft, it doesn't pull any of the moisture out, where it can evaporate. It is known as the "gliding action". The partner still feels all of the motion but without friction. It might be hard to imagine if you have never been with a man who wasn't circumcised, but it actually works very well, and is as nature intended. Here is a link to an animated depiction which might give you some idea. If you want more detail, Google "gliding action during intercourse". There are several that are much easier to understand, but quite explicit. http://s5.photobucket.com/user/Intactivists/media/Large%20Images/2gliding.gif.html Not all women with circumcised partners have this problem, but it is common. In fact, back when I was your age and in love with a circumcised man, I had exactly the problem you describe. It was many years ago and I still cringe just thinking about it! Later, when I married a man who wasn't circumcised, I expected to have the same problem but never did. It is a problem that is MUCH more common in America, than in most of the rest of the industrialized world. That is because circumcision is either relatively rare or extremely rare in those countries. The best way to avoid it is to use plenty of personal lubricant. During prolonged intercourse, I would stop just long enough to add more, if you start to feel like it is getting dry. I hope this helps!

I'd suggest using a lot of lube. It's normal to become dry due to the friction. If you're not becoming wet enough to begin with you may not be getting aroused enough. If you're using condoms I would suggest oral contraception or female condoms or implanon.

My partner and ii have never had any problems with sex but for the past few months ii have found it to be sometimes painful and uncomfortable. Certain positions have left me in excruciating pain to the point where im curled up in a ball crying which then puts me of for weeks, and after he has ejaculated my vagina is sore, red and stings like crazy so we have to use condoms even though ii have the implant, and when we fore-play that can often lead to my vagina becoming sore and tears easily even before we have sex and it hurts to wipe after using the loo. Is this something to be seriously worried about?





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My condition sounds just like yours. I've had this problem since I met my husband 4 yrs ago. First time with a circumcised man. Sex is painful. On entry my skin feels like it splits and the area stings. Occasionally when he is all the way in, action is good. But when he starts to pull out, I sting, burn like mad. If he comes all the way out, too painful to get back in. Sometimes after he ejaclulates, inside of my vagina burns like it is on fire.. Wiping myself is painful, especially the fact area and lasts for days. I've seen drs and a gyno , used creams ect but nothing works. I too suffer from dryness and itchy ness. This is doing my head in. I hate saying no to my husband but I get scared now and the thought of sex is making me sick to my stomach..

My partner and ii have never had any problems with sex but for the past few months ii have found it to be sometimes painful and uncomfortable. Certain positions have left me in excruciating pain to the point where it puts me of for weeks, and after he has ejaculated my vagina is sore, red and stings like crazy so we have to use condoms even though ii have the implant, and when we fore-play that can often lead to my vagina becoming sore even before we have sex. Is this something to be seriously worried about?





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When me and my boyfriend have sex, once we are finished and he pulls it out, all the cum that he has released into me comes out, is that supposed to happen?





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yeah, it happens to me too, dont worry about it





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