Sexual Health

Sexual Health is an essential component of personal health and healthy living. Sexual Health is diverse and complex. It will mean different things to many people and it knows no colour or gender.

College is usually a time where you will make lots of decisions about your sexuality, including whether to abstain from sexual intercourse or to become, or to continue being sexually active. Other sexuality decisions are made about the gender of partners, the type of contraception to use and the intensity of relationships. It is important for you to feel comfortable with your sexuality by having the ability to control and positively experience your own sexuality.

With the right information, you can make informed choices and better protect yourself and your partner.

Did you know?

  • Having unprotected sex of any kind (oral, vaginal or anal) puts you at risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Many STIs have no symptoms
  • If left untreated, STIs can have lasting effects on your health and fertility
  • The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. Our Student Health and Wellness Centre offers free and confidential testing for STIs
  • Most STIs are easily treated. Treatment is available at the Student Health and Wellness Centre.
  • Condoms are safe and effective. If used correctly, condoms are the only contraception that reduces your risk of both pregnancy and STIs. The Student Health and Wellness Centre offers free condoms and lube.
  • Birth control does not protect you from STIs

LGBTQ

College years are a time when many students begin to sort out their values and figure out who they are. It is not unusual for some students to question their sexual orientation or gender identity and to explore how to integrate these with the rest of their life.

LGBTQ students have enough on their plates navigating the usual pressures of college life without having to worry about feeling safe or discriminated against. Student Health and Wellness Centre provides a safe space where you can find support, resources, information and care.

What does safer sex mean?

Safer sex means caring for your own health and your partner's health. It means showing concern and respect for your partner and yourself. Safer sex means enjoying sex to the fullest without transmitting, or acquiring, sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Whether you're straight, gay, bi, lesbian, or unsure - having unprotected sex of any kind or not knowing your status or that of your partner's can put you at risk. It is important to be safe and protected every time.

Safer Sex Practices:

  • Use protection every time you have any type of sex. If you don't have access to condoms, free condoms and lube are available at the Student Health and Wellness Centre.
  • Using dual protection (a condom and another form of birth control) is a good idea to protect yourself from STIs and pregnancy.
  • Avoid getting so drunk or high that you cannot make sound decisions.
  • Create limits and boundaries before having sex.
  • Talk to your partner about STIs before beginning a sexual relationship.
  • Take your time. If you are in a hurry, you're most likely to forget something. Your safety is worth it.
  • Respect yourself. If you don't want to do something, you don't have to. Having a partner who understands this will ensure you have a good experience and don't regret it.
  • Get tested. Confidential testing and treatment for STIs is available at the Student Health and Wellness Centre.
  • Abstinence.

These are just a few safer sex practices, for more info check out the Helpful Links on this page and/or visit the Campus Nurse at Student Support Services.

Helpful Links:

Contraceptives

There are many options of contraception, and what works for one may not work for another. When choosing a method of contraception keep the following in mind:

  • Your lifestyle
  • Personal habits
  • Medical history
  • Your likes and dislikes
  • Your sexual partner’s likes and dislikes

Every type of contraception has advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Some types of contraception include:

  • Condoms
  • IUD's
  • Birth Control shots
  • The "pill"
  • The "patch"
  • The "ring"
  • The "morning after pill"

It is important to protect yourself every time you have any kind of sex. So if you have not made a decision yet on a type of contraception, it is a good idea to have a plan for the meantime - such as condoms. Free condoms and lube available are at the Student Health and Wellness Centre.