Sexual Health Service
If you are having sex, or thinking about it, you may be worried about getting pregnant or catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Why not drop in on any Monday for a chat. You can talk to our specially trained nurses about anything to do with sex and contraception. The clinic is open every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 3.00 to 5.00 pm.
Anyone aged 13 to 21 years old can come and everything is FREE and confidential. As well as giving advice, we can provide:
- Pregnancy testing
- Contraception e.g. the pill, condoms, the contraceptive injection
- Emergency contraception (morning after pill)
- Chlamydia testing (and referral for other STI screening)
- Referral for termination of pregnancy.
Please note that we cannot offer sexual health examinations, STI treatment or IUDS (intra-uterine devices), implants or cap fittings. However we can tell you where else to go for these.
If you are unable to drop in on Mondays, remember that condoms, plus chlamydia and pregnancy tests are available at all OTR walk-in times (see the panel on the right for our opening times).
Sexual Health FAQ
Can I get free contraception?
Yes. If you’re having sex and don’t want to get pregnant or catch an STI, you can come and get a supply of pills (or the injection, which lasts 3 months). Our nurse always gives out condoms, because only condoms can protect you from STIs.
Can I have a pregnancy test?
If your period should have started and hasn’t, we can test you. The test will only be accurate from the first day your period is due, not before then. If you’ve had sex as recently as the last 2 weeks it’s too early to get an accurate result.
What if I’m pregnant?
If you are pregnant the nurse will discuss with you what options you have. If you decide to have a termination, the nurse can make the referral to hospital for you. If you are 13+ your parents don’t have to know, but you will need an older friend to go to hospital with you. You can also get counselling support at OTR if you want it.
What if I need emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception (‘morning after’ pill) MUST be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected sex – but the sooner you can take it, the better. If you can’t get to Monday’s clinic, the ‘morning after’ pill is available free for 13-24 year olds at:
- Goodes Pharmacy, 22 London Road, Twickenham
- Teddington Memorial Hospital – Walk-in Centre, Hampton Road, Teddington 020 8714 4004
What if I have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?
Some STIs can cause soreness or discharge. Others, like chlamydia, may have no symptoms, but if left untreated can damage your reproductive system and leave you infertile. If you have any worries about catching an STI, it’s worth getting checked. We can test you for chlamydia and gonorrhea, which (like all STIs) are very easy to treat with antibiotics. For an examination or a full test covering all STIs, you need to go to a doctor or hospital sexual health clinic
Where else can I go for Sexual Health services?
Other sources of information and help are here
What if I’m having problems with my boyfriend/girlfriend?
The nurse will be happy to talk to you about any emotional or sexual problems you may be having. She may also refer you to a counsellor at OTR if you feel it would be helpful to have more time to talk.
Is the clinic open every Monday?
We are open every Monday throughout the year except for Bank Holidays.