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Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, 12:30am Tuesday 26th May 2015 on Channel 4. Catch up for free on 4oD »

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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.

Read the video transcript

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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Hollyoaks
University of Birmingham Hockey Club
Llanelli Youth Theatre
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I'm 16 and I've noticed a semi white bump on both sides of my vagina walls. There are also slightly darker bumps just on the outside. What is this? Is it serious ?





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will my vagina be back to normal after sex with two different boys coz I cheated my boyfriend I do not want him to feel that I cheated





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I'm 16 years old and just had sex for the first time! Although i didnt use protection.. i am now having really bad pelvic pain and a weird brown discharge. Just a bit embarrassed to visit the doctors!! I have used google and its telling me so many different things! Help:(?





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I would assume that the brown discharge is actually bits of blood coming out......if it doesn't clear up soon then go to the dr, but u should b fine within a few days (4-7 days)

i am 28 yrs old i am suffering with white- red bumps on my scrotum from last 8 yrs. i wanted to remove.and cannot preparing for marriage. kindly give solution





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I had sex with my boyfriend today and now The entrance to my vag is sore and a little swollen. This has never happened before when we have sex. Today was the longest we have ever gone so maybe Ito probably from friction. Anyway I'd like to know how to make it feel better. Also id like some advice for when we have sex for a long time again.





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I've never had this happen to me.....hopefully someone can help with why it is swollen, but to help keep friction down in the future then i suggest using lube.....if u don't have any handy, then spit helps, but lube is ur better option (Vaseline or baby oil will work....)

Been there, done that! It's just the fact that you guys went for a longer time and if you don't use lube, this problem can happen. If you are using condoms, don't use oil based lubes because it can make the walls of the condom really thin and also can cause the condom to break. Spit can also be in irritant and can cause bladder infections. Lube is really your best friend, but find one that works best for you and your partner!

Been there, done that! It's just the fact that you guys went for a longer time and if you don't use lube, this problem can happen. If you are using condoms, don't use oil based lubes because it can make the walls of the condom really thin and also can cause the condom to break. Spit can also be in irritant and can cause bladder infections. Lube is really your best friend, but find one that works best for you and your partner!

i don't really know what you can do to the soreness and all (don't know if you should/could put a bit of ice to make it less swollen or maybe a baby lotion for the soreness), but id recommend lube for the next time xx

im asking question.. me and my bf had sex in 1hour he makes me cumm.. but after sexting i just found a color white and sticky fluid insinde my vagina.. just got scared.. after 6weekz i tried to test if im preggy.. im not :( what will i do? it hurts when i scratch it.. im 15 years old..





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You should go see a doctor

First of all, if it really hurts, I recommend not having sex this early! You should start after age 16 or later.

The top of toot vagina is very sore and I hurt when I close my legs what is it and what do I do thanx





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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.





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