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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

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.