All About Sexual Health:
According to the American Sexual Health Association, sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. Sexual health is an important part of our physical and emotional health. Being sexually healthy means:
- Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
- Recognizing and respecting the sexual rights we all share.
- Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
- Making an effort to prevent unintended pregnancies and STDs and seek care and treatment when needed.
- Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
- Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
Sexual Health FAQ:
► How do I use a condom properly?
Planned Parenthood video: A step-by-step guide on the proper use of condoms, and additional written information on the site.
Sexplanations video: An explanation and demonstration by Dr. Lindsey Doe, a clinical sex educator. This video has information specific to people with intact (uncircumcised) penises.
► What causes condom breakage?
Condom breakage can happen for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of things that may lead to breakage:
- Condom is expired. This is the leading cause of breakage.
- Condom has been stored in a car or wallet. Instead, condoms should be kept in a cool and dry place.
- Oil-based lubrication has been used. If you are applying extra lubrication, make sure that it is water-based.
- Lack of lubrication. Lack of lubrication causes friction while having intercourse, which can lead to breakage.
- Condoms aren’t the right size.
- It’s not put on properly.
► What are dental dams and how do I use them?
Dental dams are a type of barrier method, like condoms. It is a thin, square sheet that is usually made of rubber. The dental dams are placed over the vulva or anus for oral-vaginal or oral-anal intercourse.
Brown University Health and Wellness video: A guide on the proper use of dental dams, and alternative options if dental dams are unavailable.
► What do I do with Lube?
► Why are there different condom sizes?
Just like clothes, condoms come in various sizes. In order to have safe and pleasurable sex, choosing the right size can make a difference in your sexual experience. It would be a good idea trying out different sizes and types of condoms to find your preference.
- SNUGGER FIT condoms have a smaller ring size for people who prefer a tighter sensation.
- TROJAN condoms have a standard ring size that fits most.
- MAGNUM condoms have the widest ring size. Using a condom that is too big can increase the risk of the condom slipping off during intercourse.
► When should I use condoms?
You should use condoms for every type of sex, every time. Condoms will reduce the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Condoms will also reduce the risk of pregnancy during vaginal sex. Using lube with a condom for any type of sex will reduce the risk of sensitive tissue tearing or condom breakage.
For oral-vaginal and oral-anal sex, a dental dam should be used to reduce the risk of transmission of STIs.
► Which lubricant should I use?
There are many different types of lubricants available in the market, and choosing the right one for you can be confusing. The Our Bodies Ourselves website can help you understand which lubricants are the best for you based on your preferences. If you are using a condom, the best option is to use a water-based lubricant. Oil lubricants may cause condom breakage.
► What if I am allergic to Latex?
You can make a non-latex dental dam out of a latex-free condom, learn how by watching this Brown University Health and Wellness video.
How to Talk to a Health Care Provider About Services They Cannot Provide:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites, and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including
On Campus Resources:
- Student Health & Counseling Center
- Abby’s House
- Office of Housing and Student Conduct
- Office of Student Affairs
- Safe Zone (LGBTQ)
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