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Student Wellbeing

 

Lots of students will come to university with no sexual experience at all, and many will not be sexually active during their time at Cambridge. However, for those who do decide to have sex or engage in sexual activity, there are some things we encourage you to consider beforehand:

Consent

There are no rules about how long you have to have known someone before you have sex with them. Being ready happens at different times for everyone but it’s important you make the decision to have sex when it's right for you, not just because your friends or a partner are pressuring you or because you are putting pressure on yourself. For sex and sexual activity to be lawful and consensual, all parties need to engage in it actively and willingly. Sex without consent is rape.

 

Find out more on the Consent is everything website.

See the CUSU Women's Campaign for more information.

Contraception

While sex can be fun, it should also be safe. Protection should be used to prevent unwanted pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The NHS Contraception Guide provides information on the different types of contraceptive protection and how to use them.  Find out which methods would suit you and your lifestyle best by using the Family Planning Clinic’s contraception tool.

Cambridge University Students’ Union provides a wide range of sexual health supplies to students for free. Supplies can all be collected from the CUSU Reception at 17 Mill Lane on weekdays, in or out of term-time. Alternatively, speak to your College Welfare Officer to find out how supplies are distributed within your College.

STIs

Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that may be passed on during sexual activity, including close sexual contact, vaginal, anal and oral sex. STIs can be passed between all genders. While they are quite common, it is best to avoid them and there are steps you can take to prevent contracting an STI, passing one on and to ensure they are treated early on. See also STI testing.

Find out more about sexually transmitted infections at the Family Planning website.

Take a self-assessment to find out how much you know about having a safer sex life: 

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General information

See the NHS Sexual Health Hub for detailed information about contraceptives, FAQs, penis and vagina health, STIs, good sex, LGBT+ sexual health, fertility and menopause.

 

See also Emergency contraception, Unplanned pregnancy, STI testing and Helpful contacts.