Is vital for anyone who wants to have sex and not have it result in a baby or an STI…..so probably quite a lot of you reading this booklet! There are so many weird and wonderful things out there to suit everyone, so there is NO excuse not to be protected. Below are just a few of the possibilities out there. Come along to the SHAG tent to see and talk about all of them.
Once said to be ‘little latex life savers’ are the only contraception to prevent against those nasty STIs! They come in all sizes...don’t ever be embarrassed about your size, if it doesn’t fit then it won’t work! Size isn’t important, safety is. They also come in all different flavours including chocolate, kiwi and even blueberry muffin. They are 98% effective against pregnancy when used correctly.
The pill is usually taken daily by the women and contains hormones. There are many different ones which contain different levels and different types of hormones. Some women have to try a few before they find one that suits them. They are over 99% effective against pregnancy when taken correctly, but do not protect against STIs.
The implant and the injections work in the same way: by slowly releasing a hormone called progestogen into your body. They are long-acting, effective methods of contraception, with the implant lasting up to 5 years. They are over 99% effective against pregnancy, but they do not protect you against STIs. Other forms of contraception include IUD and IUS coils, diaphragms, cervical caps, female condoms and contraceptive patches.
The beginning of having safe sex is to always make sure it is consensual sex. Most rape allegations actually happen between two people who know each other and quite often involve alcohol. The only form in which consent can be given is if the participant explicitly says yes! Although you may never see yourself as being accused of rape it can happen if the boundaries are not 100% clear. So always make sure there is full and clear consent and if a partner is too drunk to give their consent, just don’t go there!
We have a ‘Zero Tolerance to Sexual Harassment Policy’ at our Students’ Union. This means we want our campus to be a safe environment where everyone is respected. Sexual harassment is very serious and can be verbal, anything from wolf whistling to asking somebody inappropriate sexual questions that make them uncomfortable. There is also physical sexual harassment which includes touching somebody inappropriately without their permission. It’s important to remember that what you may see as a harmless joke could be distressing and upsetting to somebody else and could result in expulsion and a criminal record. If you think you have been a victim of any of the above please don’t be afraid to talk to someone. It will be taken seriously and everything you say will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality.
Booklet for Newcastle University Students' Union Sexual Health and Guidance Week