More than 1 in 25 young Australians between the ages of 15-29 were living with chlamydia during 2021.
However, less than one third of these people sought an official chlamydia diagnosis.
A recent study showed that 2 in 3 Australian women experienced sexual difficulty.
Shying away from speaking about it doesn’t make your sexual health safe
The stigma associated with STIs, UTIs and BV have stood in the way of too many women receiving the health care they deserve, for too long.
To set the record straight (once and for all), there’s nothing wrong with seeking support for your sexual health. Ignoring the problem, or in some cases, refusing to speak about your concerns relating to your sexual health, only places you at a greater risk of jeopardising your health further.
We can feel shame from the very professionals we trust with our health, from other women, and sometimes even from within ourselves.
You won’t find that here at Hazel.
Access to unbiased, judgement-free sexual health services, information and advice is absolutely necessary for all.
When should you seek help for your Sexual Health?
Sexual health relates to more than just having safe sex. Sexual health also relates to contraceptive measures, management of reproductive health concerns (think PCOS and endo to name a few), care for Bacterial Vaginosis and UTI’s, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and reducing and eliminating stigma surrounding sexual health.
Remember, you don’t have to wait for something to be wrong to seek help. You should also seek help from an expert if:
• You have a new sexual partner.
• You wish to review your contraceptive methods.
• You notice that your body is trying to tell you something.
You should seek help for your sexual health if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: