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What is sexual medicine?

Sexual medicine is a type of medicine concerned with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other matters concerning sexual health for both men and women.

Examples of sexually transmitted infections include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, genital warts, HIV, trachomatis and HIV.

What are the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases?

Many sexually transmitted infections do not give rise to symptoms. For example, approximately 70% of women with chlamydia have no syptoms. The main risks of chlamydia include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), painful sexual intercourse, and infertility. Symptoms for other sexually transmitted infections vary depending on the type of infection.

Common symptoms related to STI's in general are genital itching or discomfort, pain, discharge (potentially coloured or smelly), localised or generalised rashes, sexual dysfunction and skin lumps and ulcers.

Sexual medicine also deals with genital conditions including vaginal or urethral discharge, genital lumps, rashes, itchiness, ulcers and unexplained genital or pelvic pain.
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Sexual problems

You may experience issues during or surrounding sexual intercourse. In males, this includes impotence, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, etc, and for women this can include painful intercourse, genital pain and loss of libido or sexual desire.

What is a sexual health service?

Our sexual health service provides information and advice surrounding all sexual health issues. We also provide tests, treatment and counselling. All of our sexual health services are completely confidential and undertaken by consultant specialists.

Sexual Health - Specialists

Mrs Ruchira Singh

Mrs Ruchira Singh

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Ruchira is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with her NHS practice based at Birmingham Women's Hospital in Edgbaston. She is the Clinical Director of Gynaecology at her NHS Trust.

Ruchira is a reviewer for European Journal of Obstetrics and gynaecology. She is also a Senior clinical examiner and Honorary lecturer for University of Birmingham.

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