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
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.
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.
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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