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Festive top tips

Take a look at our elf’s festive top tips on how to avoid unwanted gifts this Christmas.

Here's to a happy and healthy sexual health and wellbeing. 

 

Click on each of the boxes below to reveal our elf's festive top tips...

 

  • Make sure you carry condoms.
  • Using a condom each time you have sex is a must for happy and healthy sex. Condoms help prevent against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy and are free at any of our walk-in and wait clinics*. To make sure you use a condom correctly and effectively read more about condom tips and watch our condom demonstration video.
  • If the condom splits, emergency contraception or the morning after pill, as it is commonly known, can help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Emergency contraception is available from all of our clinics and our partner pharmacies. Remember, we’re running limited clinics over the festive season so make sure you check out our Christmas and New Year timetable. For partnership pharmacy opening times during Christmas and New Year call 0300 123 5474. The sooner you take emergency contraception after unprotected sex, the more effective it will be. Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • If you take the pill daily for contraception plan ahead and make sure you have enough left in your pack to cover you over the festive season.
  • Remember to take your pill on time. With Christmas being a busy time of parties and social visits why not set a reminder on your phone or leave yourself a note to ensure you don’t forget to take your pill at your set time.
  • If you miss a pill or develop a stomach bug (vomiting or diahorrea) your pill may be affected and you will need to take extra precautions. Read more.
  • If you are visiting family or friends or jetting off over the festive season remember to pack your pills.
  • If you feel you have taken a contraceptive risk then it is important you access emergency contraception (EHC) as soon as possible . The ‘morning after pill’, as it is commonly known, can actually  be taken up to 72 hours  after unprotected sex, but is more effective the earlier it is taken. You can access EHC at any of our clinics or partner pharmacies. We’re running limited clinics over the festive season so make sure you check out our Christmas and New Year timetable. For partnership pharmacy opening times during Christmas and New Year call 0300 123 5474.
  • If you've exposed yourself to the risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) we strongly recommend you get tested. Sometimes it can take 2 weeks for the infection to show up, so if your test is negative, we always recommend a second test a couple of weeks later.
  • The quickest and easiest way to get tested is to request a free and discreet STI postal test kit online. Free testing is also available in all of our appointment and walk-in wait clinics*. Remember, we’re running limited clinics over the festive season so make sure you check out our Christmas and New Year timetable. For partnership pharmacy opening times during Christmas and New Year call 0300 123 5474.

     

    *Please note our walk-in and wait slots are limited and can occasionally incur a 2 hour wait.  

  • If you used a condom, but it split the morning after pill can prevent pregnancy and can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. The earlier you take it the more effective it is. You can get the morning after pill at any of our clinics or partner pharmacies. Remember, we’re running limited clinics over the festive season so make sure you check out our Christmas and New Year timetable. For partnership pharmacy opening times during Christmas and New Year call 0300 123 5474.
  • The morning after pill is not a regular form of contraception.
  • You should also take an STI test. The quickest and easiest way to get tested is to request a free and discreet STI postal test kit online. Free testing is also available in all of our appointment and walk-in wait clinics.

*Please note our walk-in and wait slots are limited and can occasionally incur a 2 hour wait.

  • It's a known fact that when we drink too much alcohol we act differently and take risks we wouldn’t otherwise take. You may be less cautious of having sex or choosing who to have sex with. Drink responsibly and pace yourself.
  • Alternate alcohol with soft drinks.
  • Avoid placing yourself in a vulnerable position - stay with friends and get home safely together.
  • Stay safe when you are out with your friends. Stay together and don’t leave people behind with strangers or in unfamiliar environments. If you’re getting a taxi home always pair up and use a registered/approved licensed taxi.
  • Hopefully you’ll have a great and safe time over the holidays, but sexual assault and rape can and does happen. If you experience sexual assault or rape it’s important that you access help and support in confidenceSAFE Place Merseyside is local organisation offering confidential support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can speak to one of their trained crisis workers on 0151 295 3550.