World Contraception Day

It’s World Contraception Day today! This is an annual celebration to raise awareness about having safe sex - to celebrate, our wonderful Advice Centre will be giving away free condoms at the Union Plaza.

In addition to the condoms we’re giving away, it’s important that you’re aware of the different types of contraception that you might find better suited to your personal preference: 

  • Female condoms
  • IUD’s (intrauterine device)
  • Diaphragms and cups
  • Progesterone pill
  • Combined pill

If you’re not sure what some of these are and want to learn more about this, have a look at Brook’s informative website below.

Different types of contraception

But don’t forget that some of these methods only protect against pregnancy and not STIs! Herpes, thrush and chlamydia are all common STIs, and it’s important that you use protective methods like condoms to help protect against transmission – especially if you have a new partner. Have a look below for more information about STIs and how you can get them.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

However, STIs do happen and it’s completely normal. Fortunately, starting now, the GP Surgery in Founder’s East is offering sexual health advice and testing!

Dr. Laura Dickinson is holding a weekly sexual health clinic that provides contraception advice and guidance, a full sexual health history and screening (including HIV testing and counselling, chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing). If there are any specific cases that require more specialist treatment, this will be held at Garden Sexual Health Clinic.

The most important thing is that you look after yourself

For many people, university is the first time they’ve encountered sexual activities, and it can be overwhelming and confusing. Regardless of whether you’ve had sex before, or you find yourself in the position for the first time where it is a possibility, you must be comfortable in that situation. Know that you are in complete control of what happens and you can change your mind at any time. Remember that your sex life does not define or control you.

If you ever need to speak to someone about this, or you simply want some confidential guidance on how to look after yourself and your sexual health, please book an appointment with our Advice Centre, and of our advisors will be happy to chat with you.

Lucy Simpson // Vice President Welfare & Diversity