Sexual Health

Intervbiew 54 - Victoria

Female
Age at interview: 24

Brief outline: For the last two years, Victoria's method of contraception has been the implant. She is very happy with the implant and hasn't experienced any side effects such as putting on weight or irregular periods. She thinks it is important to make an informed choice when it comes to contraception.

Background: Victoria recently graduated from university and is currently seeking work. She would like to work with young people in the area of sexual health. Ethnic background' White British.

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Victoria, single, recently graduated from university and is currently seeking work. She would like to work with young people in the area of sexual health.

Victoria decided for one of the long acting reversible contraception; the implant. For the last two years, she has been using one and she hasn’t experienced any side effects such as putting on weight or irregular periods. In fact, her periods stopped two months after she had the implant.

Victoria thinks it is important to make an informed choice when it comes to contraception. Before deciding what type of method to use, she visited official health websites like NHS Direct and read information leaflets about it. She wanted to talk to her GP about the implant but to her disappointment, she just gave her a leaflet and sent her away. She then, looked online for the nearest Family Planning clinic and went to the drop-in time service. Her experience there was very different. The nurse went through the implant leaflet with her; explained possible side-effects and she was allowed time to ask questions. Victoria decided right away that the implant was what she wanted. A second nurse appeared and again, she was explained step-by-step the procedure and the forms she needed to sign. She was also told that she had the right to go back to the clinic at any time and have the implant removed. Victoria thinks that, for her, the implant is the best form of contraception and plans to have another one put in after the current one expires.

Victoria went to the GUM clinic after discovering what she thought was a ‘lump’ in her cervix. At the clinic she was asked about her sexual life – something she didn’t mind, and offered to be tested for all STIs. She wasn’t particularly concern about STIs but thought it was a good idea. The ‘lump’ in the cervix was anatomical and she tested negative for all infections.
 

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