Fresher’s Week Sex Etiquette

Be yourself and don’t put too much pressure on a potential relationship. Uni is all about figuring out who you are and what you enjoy!

Know your ground rules and stick to them. If you don’t like XYZ in bed don’t do it! Anyone who pressures you isn’t worth it. The same goes for your body – it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, your body is awesome and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Everyone is going to have a different number of sexual partners but it is important to focus on making a connection with someone. Also don’t feel like you need to share your level of experience with a new partner – this is nobody’s business but yours.

Consent

You can say no if a situation doesn’t feel right or safe, so make sure you listen to your gut. Start off polite if you think you need to, but know when someone isn’t taking no for an answer – you may need to be a bit stronger in your response. Alternatively, if someone says no to you, you need to respect their decision.

 Don’t just rely on dating apps as the only way to meet people…if you are interested in someone, go about it the old fashion way, strike up a conversation and ask for their number. This is for both parties. You may not have another opportunity to do so and you could regret it!

Protection

Contraception and contraceptive advice is free for all women in the UK. With 15 methods of contraception to choose from, there should be one that’s right for you.

Condoms aren’t just a guy’s responsibility anymore so it’s always a good idea to have some to hand if you think you might have sex. You should always use a condom when having sex with someone new as it protects against both pregnancy and STIs. You can visit sexual health services on campus and they should be able to give you some.

Because accidents can happen, the morning after pill is available directly from your pharmacist, without a prescription. The pill is also available from your GP, sexual health clinic, walk-in centre, or out of hours services. The pill can prevent pregnancy if you had unprotected sex or if your regular contraception has let you down.

In addition to the above, you can also get the morning after pill in advance and online. The ellaOne website features a selection of reputable online pharmacies that provide the pill for immediate use or advance supply of emergency contraception if you think you may need it in future and want to take it as soon as possible.

Whether single or in a new relationship, the message is clear: always practice safe sex.

 For more information please visit www.ellaone.co.uk