This week is Sexual Health Week, a time to promote public understanding of sexual health issues - it also happens to be a time when many students are preparing to move out for the first time and head off to university. We asked the team at Durex for their advice on preparing for Welcome Week.
Your first week at university will consist of meeting new faces, taking part in activities and finding your feet. As you prepare for this new exciting experience, it’s also important to make sure that remain open-minded and remain involved during Welcome Week. Before you embark on your university adventure, it’s important to consider a few things to help make your experience as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible.
University opens many doors to new friendships and perhaps even blossoming relationships. However, it’s important to protect yourself from sexually transmittable diseases and unplanned pregnancy when embarking on any sexual experience. Keeping a couple of condoms spare in your wallet/purse will have you prepared for the unexpected while keeping you and your partner safe. When storing condoms, remember to make sure to check the expiration date and the wrapper for any damage, as this can impact its effectiveness. If you are struggling to choose the right condom for you and your partner, read more here.
Although condoms are the most obvious form of birth control, they are not always 100% effective. When deciding to become sexually active, consider looking at other forms of birth control to use alongside a condom to ensure that you and your partner are always protected.
One of the most effective birth control methods is the implant, this is a thin rod which can be inserted under the skin of the females’ upper arm – releasing hormone progestin that prevents pregnancy.
Another popular female birth control method is the pill, which is a hormone pill taken on a regular basis to stop ovulation. While both methods are effective – they only work as birth control, and don’t protect against STIs. If you and your partner haven’t taken any precautions beforehand or your method of birth control has failed, taking an emergency contraception can help prevent any unplanned pregnancies if taken within the correct window frame. However, it does not protect you from transmitting or receiving a sexually transmitted infection.
Freshers flu does exist
While you may have heard of the myth that is known as Freshers Flu, the constant on-the-go approach can leave you feeling run down and sick when you least expect it. When it comes to taking care of yourself and your immune system, it’s important to allow yourself some much-needed time to rest and recover from all your university activities. Consider taking a hot shower or bath, enjoying a hearty and healthy meal and incorporating a physical activity to your daily routine. Not only will this help boost your energy levels, it can help reduce your chances of getting sick.
Spending your loan wisely
Your first student loan comes in, and suddenly your bank account doesn’t look so empty anymore. It’s tempting to treat yourself to a new wardrobe, or to sample the fancy new restaurants and bars in your new city. However, your student loan is to supply you with a fridge full of food, while assisting you to cover your student accommodation and other essentials. Although it’s important to go out and socialise, try to set yourself a weekly budget to help track your spending habits to help alleviate the risk of running out of money when you need it the most.
Don’t give in to your fear of missing out
While it is important to socialise and become involved in activities, it’s not possible to attend every event. Universities host a variety of social clubs and events to reach a variety of interests and personalities, so don’t feel like you have to try and attend every single one of these. Being in a new environment can be overwhelming, and sometimes it’s important to just have some time to yourself, choose the social club that bests suits you and your interests, and only commit to as many activities as you can.