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A. You will need to contact Knowsley Council and ask to speak with the Commissioner’s secretary.
A. To use a male condom correctly, follow these steps: - carefully open the foil packaging that the condom is wrapped in, taking care not to tear the condom - hold the tip of the condom between your forefinger and thumb to make sure it is put on - the right way round, and that no air is trapped inside (the condom may split if air is trapped inside) - place the condom over the tip of the penis - while squeezing the tip of the condom, roll it down over the length of the erect penis - if the condom will not unroll, it is probably on inside out – start again with a new condom as there may be sperm on it. For more information visit this page: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-do-i-use-condom.aspx
A. To use a female condom, follow these steps: carefully remove the female condom from its packaging, taking care not to tear it place the closed end of the condom into the vagina, holding the soft inner ring between your forefinger or middle finger and thumb use your other hand to separate the folds of skin (labia) around the vagina, then put the squeezed ring into the vagina put your index or middle finger or both in the open end of the condom until the inner ring can be felt and push the condom as far up the vagina as possible, with the outer ring lying against the outside of the vagina the outer ring of the condom should rest closely on the outside of the vagina at all times during sex – if the outer ring gets pushed inside the vagina, stop and put it back in the right place make sure that the penis enters the condom – take care to ensure that the penis does not go between the condom and the wall of the vagina For more information on contraception visit this page: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-do-i-use-condom.aspx
A. For a step-by-step guide, please visit this wikipage: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Condom
A. Sexual health line on 0300 123 7123 for confidential information and advice on sexual health Worth Talking About on 0300 123 29 30 for advice on contraception, sexual health and relationships (Mon-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-4pm) Brook on 0808 802 1234 for confidential sexual health information and advice for young people under 25 (Mon-fri 11am-3pm) You can also read and download leaflets about all STIs from the FPA website, or google sexual health and read other professional health sites for general information.
A. The main complications of thrush are: - the treatment doesn't work - the thrush keeps coming back - depression and sexual problems - penis problems in male partners When thrush treatment fails to work: Anti-thrush medication fails to work in up to one in five cases. If your symptoms don't clear up within 7-14 days, the treatment hasn't worked. There are several reasons why this happens. You may have a different infection, such as bacterial vaginosis, which is the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge. If your treatment doesn't work, visit your GP. When thrush keeps coming back: If you have yeast infections that keep returning, your GP may run more tests to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions. They may suggest trying a longer course of anti-thrush treatment or they may give you a prescription you can use whenever the symptoms return. Research has suggested that a strategy known as "maintenance therapy" is effective. This involves taking an anti-thrush oral treatment or pessaries on a weekly basis for up to six months. Maintenance therapy will stop symptoms of thrush during treatment and allow the underlying causes to settle down. Depression and sexual problems: Depression and psychosexual problems, often related to anxiety about having sex and the effect on your relationship, can sometimes develop if you have recurrent thrush. You may wish to discuss with your partner whether tightness and dryness during sex are contributing to recurrent thrush. Your GP can advise you about specialist treatments, such as counselling. You could also try using a water or silicone-based lubricant during sex. These are available from pharmacies without a prescription. More information and advice about sexual health problems are available in our sections on good sex and sexual health. Male thrush: Occasionally, male partners of women who have thrush can develop a condition called candidal balanitis, where the head of the penis becomes inflamed. If this happens, anti-fungal medication will usually be recommended.
A. The following have, rightly or wrongly, been suggested as potential causes of thrush. Contraceptives: It is possible that some contraceptives, particularly the combined pill, can increase your risk of getting thrush. Other types of progesterone contraception that stop ovulation may reduce your risk of getting thrush. However, there's hardly any evidence to support this. Tight-fitting clothing: Wearing tight-fitting clothing may increase your risk of developing thrush. However, the evidence to support this claim is weak. Female hygiene: There's also little evidence to suggest that sanitary towels, tampons or vaginal douching increase your chances of getting thrush.