Our top 5 tips for healthy bits!

posted by: abbey

The genital area, including the surrounding skin is very delicate and can easily be damaged. Here are our top 5 tips for healthy genitals!

  1. Avoid irritants! Using soap, shower gel and feminine hygiene products can cause dryness, itching and irritation. Wash with plain water or an emollient instead!
  2. Don’t overwash! Washing once a day is enough! You run the risk of washing away good, healthy bacteria’s by washing too much, and douching is a no-no!
  3. Do allow your genitals some fresh air! – and this doesn’t have to mean walking around half naked! Sleeping underwear free allows air to circulate to the part of your body that is covered up the most! Wearing breathable cotton (or cotton gusset) undies is advised too, and you should wash these in non-bio!
  4. Don’t remove your pubic hair! Whilst it might be fashionable to have a brazilian or hollywood, pubic hair serves a purpose. It stops bacteria and dirt from getting into our genitals and causing problems!
  5. Do get regular sexual health check up’s to make sure you are free from infection. Most STIs don’t come with symptoms, so testing for them is important. We suggest, at the beginning AND end of a relationship, or at least once a year if you are having casual partners

Read more advice about keeping your genitals healthy here

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

We have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

Despite any changes made to COVID risk measures outside of NHS premises our staff, patients and visitors will be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting our clinics, including wearing a face covering. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been requested to self-isolate please do not attend the clinic.

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - from a local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info