However uncontrollably frisky you are feeling this Valentine’s Day one doctor is urging people to ‘play it safe’.

As those full-blooded conversations flow across the candle lit dinner table and your eyes gaze longingly at each other, remember to be responsible if you are lucky enough to share a night of passion.

Joint Medical Director of the Epsom and St Helier hospital trust, James Marsh, is urging people to give flowers and chocolates as opposed to sexually transmitted diseases this Valentine’s Day.

He said: “I wish everyone out there a happy Valentine’s Day on February 14 but on this day – and indeed the remaining 364 days a year – I’d urge people to take precautions against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

“Staff in our medical genito-urinary department (also called GUM or sexual health department), are ready to help those who need advice. 

"They provide a free and confidential service to anyone wanting help or information about all areas of sexual health. There is a walk in service or you can arrange an appointment.”

To speak to a GUM advisor, call 0208 641 1256 or visit People living in Epsom can access sexual health services at Leatherhead GUM clinic, at Leatherhead Hospital, or attend GUM at St Helier.