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Sexual Health

Abstinence

  • Abstinence, in regards to safer sex is defined as "not participating in oral, anal or vaginal sex"
  • An effective way to prevent pregnancy and most STI transmission
  • It's perfectly normal!
  • In the spring survey of 550 FSU students, 27.5% reported having 0 partners in the past year.

Barriers

  • Barrier Methods can protect against pregnancy and STI transmission. Three types are available at the Health Promotion office (dental dams, internal and external condoms).
  • Remember to only use one condom at a time and never reuse condoms.

External Condom

  • We offer a large variety of condoms in different sizes, flavors, and sensations. We even have latex-free ones! Come in for a bag of your favorite.
  • External Condoms can be on people or toys - but use them before potential genital contact starts.
  • Steps to Great External Condom Use:
    1. Get and Give Consent.
    2. Check the Expiration date! If it is expired..DON'T use it!
    3. Check the package for air by folding it in half and squeezing gently, if you don't feel air, the package and condom may be damaged.
    4. Open the package carefully - no scissors, knives or teeth.
    5. Put a drop or two of lube inside the condom for enhanced sensation.
    6. Grab the tip of the condom.
    7. Make sure the condom is in the right position, tip up and the ridge is on the outside.
    8. Use two hands - one hand to hold the top and the other to roll down the penis/dildo. Lube tip: oil based lubricants or body lotions can break a condom - use water or silicone based lubricants instead!
    9. If there is ejaculate, hold the condom on the base of the penis.
    10. Pull out immediately.
    11. Take off the condom.
    12. Throw it in the trash! (do NOT flush)

Internal Condom

(called FC2) is a great latex-free option for protection and can be put in up to 8 hours before sex. It's made of nitrile which transmits body heat better than latex.

  1. Get and Give Consent.
  2. Check the expiration date, on the current FC2s it is in the side fold.
  3. Check the package for air to make sure it hasn't be damaged.
  4. Push the condom to the side and open the package carefully.
  5. Squeeze the ring at the closed end with your middle finger and thumb and insert so that the back of the condom rests against the cervix. (For anal sex, remove the ring and put it on the inserting partner like an external condom).
  6. If you want to add some lube, make sure it is water or silicone based.
  7. Guide the penis into the condom and when thrusting, make sure it stays inside the condom.
  8. When you are ready to remove it after sex, twist the bottom.
  9. Pull it out.
  10. Throw it in the trash!

Dental Dam

  • A Dental dam is a small, thin piece of latex or polyurethane that is used for oral-vaginal or oral-anal sex. They come in different flavors!
  • You can also create your own using a flavored (or non flavored condom)
  • For pre-made dental dams, place over the area you will be performing oral and keep mouth contact on the dental dam.
  • Steps for turning a condom into a dental dam:
    1. Get and Give Consent.
    2. Check the package for damage.
    3. Check the Expiration date.
    4. Open the package carefully.
    5. Roll the condom to the first knuckle of a finger.
    6. Cut the Top off.
    7. Cut the condom in half.
    8. Unroll.

Contraceptives

  • Find out which method(s) might work for you at Besider.org
  • The Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness does not offer any hormonal birth control methods but you can get them through UHS services.

LGBTQ

Capes

  • Take a glove, medium probably works best but larger or smaller may also work, depending on you or your partner
  • Cut off fingers
  • Cut down the side opposite of the thumb
  • Fit t-penis* into thumb and go to town! *(t-penis is used to refer to a clitoris that has been enlarged due to testosterone use) If you are using testosterone creams, use barrier protection as the creams can stay on your skin and transfer to your partner, causing them to experience some of the effects of testosterone creams.

Barrier Types

Barrier Methods can protect against pregnancy and STI transmission. Three types are available at the Health Promotion office (dental dams, internal and external condoms). Remember to only use one condom at a time and never reuse condoms.

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