Make a choice for your sexual health:
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Testing
- Available Birth Control Methods and Options
- Understanding Abstinence
Additional Tips to Remember:
Practice open communication with your partner. This includes discussing STI testing, sexual likes and dislikes, and safer sex supply use.
Avoid using alcohol or drugs before or during sex. This may decrease the likelihood of practicing safe sex.
Use lubrication to both reduce condom breakage and increase pleasure during sex.
Urinate before and after sexual intercourse. This may help limit the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Use a condom, internal (female) condom, or dental dam every time you have sex to reduce the risk of STIs.
Some students might become pregnant during their time at Yale, or worry that they have become pregnant. If this happens, the best thing to do is to call Ob/Gyn at 203-432-0222 and ask to speak with a nurse, who can offer some immediate advice and can also set up an appointment with a clinician for a more extensive conversation, testing, and an examination. If a student is pregnant, she will have choices to make; she will receive whatever support she needs.
If a student chooses to continue a pregnancy, she will be able to receive prenatal and obstetrics care through Yale Health if she has Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. If she has alternate insurance, she will have to get details from that company about her options for care. If a student chooses to end a pregnancy, Yale Health can arrange the referral for a termination procedure. This is covered for all Yale students with no copay required; it is part of Yale Health Basic coverage.
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