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Sexual Health

We Offer Free Sexual Health for Patients 20 & Under.

To be eligible for free sexual health services, you must be a New Zealand resident aged 20 years old or under, and enrolled at Moorhouse Medical Centre. It’s free and easy to enrol, just ask at reception or download an enrolment form.

Need Help Now?

If you have a sexual health issue which needs to be addressed straight away, ask at reception for a nurse or doctor appointment or you can be seen in our walk-in Accident & Medical Clinic.

Sexual Health Services

  • Contraception & Emergency Contraception
  • Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Pregnancy Testing & Advice
  • Cervical Smear Tests
  • HPV vaccination to protect against cervical cancer

Contraception

The different methods of contraception include:

  • Contraceptive pills – “the pill”
  • Barriers—condoms and diaphragms
  • Injection – Depo Provera
  • Long acting reversible contraception, such as the Jadelle® implant and Mirena® intra uterine device which are both available at Moorhouse Medical Centre.
  • Permanent contraception: vasectomy for men and tubal ligation for women
  • Emergency contraception
  • Fertility awareness

Your choice of contraception will depend on your age, health and the status of your relationship. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you are unsure which method is best for you. They will ask about your health so they can recommend the safest contraception for you.

Be prepared

Contraception is very effective at preventing pregnancy but whichever method you choose, everyone needs to use condoms to prevent against sexually transmissible infections.

Sexually Transmissible Infections

STIs are on the rise. Chlamydia has increased by 20% in the last 5 years, gonorrhoea by 50%. That means there’s a bigger pool of people in the community with an STI – and more chance that you could catch one. The worst of it is that you may not even know you’ve got a STI, because many people don’t have symptoms. That doesn’t mean STIs aren’t serious. Chlamydia is New Zealand’s commonest STI and often causes no symptoms. Untreated, it can go on to cause severe pelvic disease and infertility. The good news is that Chlamydia can be easily treated with prescription medication from your doctor. Other STIs like genital herpes can’t be cured – once you have it, you have it for life. Others, like Aids and syphilis, can be fatal.

Condoms work

Condoms are an effective way of preventing many STIs. If you’re like most people, you won’t find out about your partner’s sexual past until your relationship is underway. That’s too late to stop an STI.

Stay safe. Always use a condom.