Help & Support: Your Body & Sexual Health

The best place to get help or advice is always at your local clinic or doctor. You could visit a clinic outside of your community if you feel your health problem is embarrassing.

  • For contraception and family planning info and services, call Marie Stopes clinics: 0800 117 785
  • Want to know more about Medical Male Circumcision? SMS 'MMC' to 43740
  • Call the Emergency Contraception Hotline to hear pre-recorded info that could help you on 0800 246 432
  • Call the LoveLife Sexual Health line 24hours on 0800 121 900 if you need help or have questions. Keep trying if you don't get through!

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B-Wise User Anonymous 15 December 2018 16:28

Hi Please help I have suicidal thoughts.....

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2018 18:35

Hi there thanks for reaching out. It sounds like things are really hard right now, but we're so glad you are asking for help. You have a few options: you can speak to someone in your life is there's someone you trust. Or you can speak to a counsellor or social worker at a clinic. Or you can call a helpline where there are counsellors who can talk you through it. What would work best for you? If you feel like you might do something to hurt yourself, please tell someone now and get them to take you to the nearest hospital. You can also call Lifeline on 0117281347 or SADAG on 0800 21 22 23 (8am to 8pm) or 0800 12 13 14 (8pm to 8am). There are people who can help you and there is hope



B-Wise User Anonymous 10 December 2018 10:09

Hi I take my ARV's my partner and I would like to have a baby next year what can I take to boost the chance to have a baby

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 December 2018 22:42

Hi Boitumelo98, thank you for your question.  It would be best for you to visit your local clinic and talk to a nurse. Depending on your viral load and your medication they will be able to tell you exactly what you need to take to boost your chances of having a baby. Good luck and all the best! 



B-Wise User Anonymous 5 November 2018 19:44

please help i am a married woman, and have suffered numerous miscourages the last 1 being this year in June at 5 months. went through the cleaning process at the hospital, but i have never had normal periods ever since. the blood is very dark and just drops that lasts for 2 days... previously id have a full 5day cycle. what could be the problem

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 November 2018 12:48

Hi MasetleK, thank you for your question. Sorry to hear about your miscarriages, it must have been very difficult for you. Due to your miscarriages it is possible for your cycle to change due to the hormonal change that your body has gone through. If you are still concerned about your period its best that you visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor.



B-Wise User Anonymous 25 June 2018 14:39

My vagina have been itching for a month now after having sex for the first time,what may be causing this?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 12:21

There are a few different things that can cause vaginal itching, so it is a good idea to go to your clinic/healthcare provider so you can be properly assessed and get the right treatment for you. If you haven’t already, while you are there it might also be a good chance for you to find out more about different contraception options, pap smears and HIV testing. Thrush (yeast infection) is one of the more common causes of your symptom, and it is usually quite easily treatable, but a proper discussion with a nurse/doctor is the best way to see what will help you. Visit www.bwisehealth.com  to find a clinic near you. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 18 October 2017 22:02

Wil I have bleeding after taking the morning after pill

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 17:46

Hi there, if you mean bleeding as in having your periods, then yes – you will have your period if you have taken the morning after pill at the right time (which is 72 hours after you’ve had unprotected sex). You may not get your period on the normal day that it usually starts. If you don’t get your period for a month, it’s best to go to your local clinic for a check-up. If you don’t know the HIV status of the person you had sex with, it’s a good idea to go to the clinic very soon to get tested for HIV. The healthcare worker might recommend that you take PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) to protect you from HIV infection. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 27 July 2017 20:07

How does one get their ARV treatment from pharmacies like clicks/dischem. The collections at clinics take all day and I can't miss class and work to collect. A friend told me about an sms system but I am even afraid to ask at my clinic

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 August 2017 16:44

Hi anonymous, there is a  system is in place to help people get their medicines quickly, just as you said, so they don’t spend all day in clinics waiting in long queues. Please note that this system is only for people who are well, stable and virally suppressed on their treatment for more than 1 year. Please do ask at your clinic, there might be other options available at your local clinic, so it is worth asking about.



B-Wise User lethabo 8 July 2017 22:57

If a girl slept with a boy whom never go to circumcision and thyboth have un protect sex,what will happen?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 July 2017 15:29

Hi Lethabo, circumcision protects a man from getting HIV infection, but even if he is circumcised, he can still get HIV. Unprotected sex can also put both of you at risk of sexually transmitted infections as well as HIV. Having unprotected sex can also result in unwanted pregnancy. It is important to always use a condom every time you have sex. For more information check out our article I am circumcised – why do I still need to use a condom?



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 September 2016 17:52

I want more information about the MMC.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:43

Hi Anonymous, MMC stands for medical male circumcision. This is an operation in which the foreskin (the fold of skin that covers the head of the penis) is removed. Medical male circumcision reduces a young men's risk of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. If you over 16 years old, you can choose to be circumcised at a local clinic or hospital without your parent's permission. Talk to a nurse or doctor if you are thinking about circumcised. You can read more on MMC, on B-Wise "Know your body" in the "Boy's body guide".



B-Wise Expert Expert 16 September 2016 14:00

Hi Anonymous, MMC stands for medical male circumcision. This is an operation in which the foreskin (the fold of skin that covers the head of the penis) is removed. Medical male circumcision reduces a young men's risk of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. If you over 16 years old, you can choose to be circumcised at a local clinic or hospital without your parent's permission. Talk to a nurse or doctor if you are thinking about circumcised. You can read more on MMC, on B-Wise "Know your body" in the "Boy's body guide".


B-Wise User Tiisetso 13 May 2016 13:20

would you please give information on these site about contraceptive methods please

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 14:40

Hi Tiisetso, thank you for your request. We agree knowledge about contraceptive methods is very important. Please search the word \"contraceptive\" on the B-wise mobisite or select \"Know your body\" from the Menu and then select \"The Basics of S-E-X\" for articles on contraceptive methods. Happy reading!



B-Wise Expert Expert 16 May 2016 13:02

Hi Tiisetso, thank you for your request. We agree knowledge about contraceptive methods is very important. Please search the word \"contraceptive\" on the B-wise mobisite or select \"Know your body\" from the Menu and then select \"The Basics of S-E-X\" for articles on contraceptive methods. Happy reading!