Do I need a specialist sexual health doctor?

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Many GPs in our network have additional training and experience in sexual health medicine. You may not require a specialist sexual health doctor, for many sexual health problems.

There are several different areas covered under the term sexual health, including:

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Family planning and contraception
  • Men’s sexual health conditions including issues with sexual function and prostate health
  • Women’s sexual health conditions including sexual function, period problems and the menopause

Most Smart Clinics Family Medical Centres have GPs with further training and specialist interest in sexual health. This includes a thorough understanding of investigating and managing these conditions as well as being able to make the appropriate referral to specialists if necessary.

If you would like to consult a GP regarding a sexual health condition, please make an appointment at one of our clinics for assessment.

Our Sexual Health GPs can help assist with the following conditions:

  • sexually transmitted diseases (including chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, herpes and other STDs)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • HIV and AIDs
  • Problems conceiving and infertility
  • Contraception including IUD’s and Implanon
  • Preconception advice
  • Pregnancy and maternity care
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Thrush
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical conditions and cervical screening (pap smears)
  • Premature ejaculation and impotence
  • Sexual function concerns for women
  • Testicular checks
  • Prostate checks and screening
  • Pain on intercourse
  • Menopause
  • Vulval conditions
  • Heavy and irregular periods
  • Breast examination and concerns with lumps or discharge etc

What to expect at a sexual health appointment

Our GPs understand that sexual health is a very personal health matter, and some patients may find it hard to talk openly about their concerns. They know that sexual health concerns can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, and sexual orientation so our GPs treat these matters with sensitivity. To ensure they are giving you the best advice and treatment, your doctor may ask you relevant questions about your risk factors, partners, and symptoms. You may require an examination.


It is usual for our GPs to offer chaperones if an intimate examination is required. Should this be the case your GP will discuss this with you at the time

Your Privacy

Your GP will not discuss your health issues or results with anyone else without your permission. Your sexual health appointment with us will remain confidential.

If you are aged between 14-17 years and have a sexual health concern, you can visit our clinics without a parent or guardian.

Booking a Sexual Health Appointment

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our GPs, please click here to find your nearest SmartClinics.