The more facts you know about sex and relationships, the more confident you will feel when it comes to talking about it. There's lots of information available, especially on the internet, but not all of it is accurate.
All information on NHS Choices is up-to-date, accurate and based on the latest scientific evidence.
Various clinics and health professionals offer confidential and accurate information about sex, safer sex, contraception, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You can also talk to:
- your GP or nurse
- your midwife or health visitor
- a community contraceptive clinic
- a sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic
- a pharmacist
People under the age of 25 can also go to a young person's service or Brook for free confidential information for under-25s.
Online sexual health services and helplines
The following organisations provide information and support sexual health services.
The sexual health charity for young people under 25 offering confidential advice.
Helpline: 0808 802 1234, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
You can also email your questions to Brook.
Contact a Family
Information and advice on all aspects of caring for a disabled child.
Helpline: 0808 808 3555, Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm
Provider of information on individual methods of contraception, common sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion and planning a pregnancy. Visit www.fpa.org.uk
London lesbian and gay switchboard
Information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual or transgender people.
Helpline: 0300 330 0630, daily 10am-11pm
Twenty-four-hour information and support on all aspects of parenting, including talking with your teenager about sex and relationships. The website includes a special area for parents of teenagers.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222, all hours daily
Relationship support for people of all ages, including counselling for individuals, couples, children and young people, families and sex therapy.
Information line: 0300 100 1234 (a trained consultant will point you towards the help you need).
Sexual Health Line
Free confidential information and advice on sexual health.
Helpline: 0300 123 7123
Terrence Higgins Trust
Information, support and advice on HIV and sexual health.
Helpline: 0808 802 1221, Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
You can also email your questions to THT.
Worth Talking About
Advice on contraception, sexual health and relationships.
Helpline: 0300 123 29 30, Mon-Fri, 2pm-8pm Sat-Sun 2pm-4pm.
Advice from local pharmacists
These can provide free and confidential advice, and signpost you to more specialist advice if you need it.
To find services near you, search for your nearest sexual health service here.