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Free Birth Control Assessment
Women have more contraception options than ever before. Talk with a Health and Wellness educator about your health, lifestyle, and what methods are right for you. We can help you learn about:
- Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills
- Barrier contraception, including condoms and diaphragms
- Emergency contraception (the "morning after" pill)
- Depo-Provera, long-term birth control by injection
- Many other options
Some forms of birth control require a prescription or medical exam. You can get expert gynecological care at the IU Health Center Women's Clinic.
The first sign of a pregnancy is usually a missed period. A simple urine test can determine whether or not you are pregnant. The Health Center Pharmacy has pregnancy test kits available for purchase at a low price.
If you are pregnant, IU Health Center can help you get the medical care you need. You can also talk with one of our Health and Wellness educators for help coping with an unexpected pregnancy.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
STIs are transmitted through intimate contact with a partner's genital area, including the labia and vagina, penis and scrotum, and anal region. Symptoms tend to appear first in the genital area, though you can also get STIs in your mouth or throat after engaging in oral sexual contact. Some STIs don't show any symptoms at all.
If you experience any unusual discharge, lump, pain or discomfort in the breasts, vagina, vulva, penis, or testicles, you should see a medical professional as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment at IU Health Center through MyHealth or call (812) 855-7688. If you infect a partner, he or she can also be treated at the IU Health Center whether or not your partner is an IU Bloomington student.
The only sure way to avoid STIs is by abstaining from all sexual activity. There are some things you can do to reduce your risk:
- Mutual monogamy with your romantic partner
- Condoms, even if you are using another form of birth control
- Vaccinations for human papilloma virus (HPV) and Hepatitis B, available through the IU Health Center medical clinic
- Visual inspection of your partner's genitals for changes in texture, lumps, color, odor or discharge. If you notice a change, avoid sexual contact until the affected person has been checked out by a medical professional.
- Follow treatment directions, including taking your entire prescription even after symptoms disappear. You should also avoid sexual contact until treatment is complete.
- Communication with your partners, including your sexual history
- Be aware that spermicides can increase your risk of infection because they can irritate the mucous membrances in the vagina.
Healthy Sexual Relationships
Sex should be an important and fulfilling part of your life. Talk to a Health and Wellness educator if you have concerns about:
- Communicating with your partner
- Having more fulfilling sexual experiences
- How to give and understand sexual consent
- Sexual orientation
Your visit is completely confidential.
Sexual Health Questions?
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