IT Tralee Student's Union

Sexual Health a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled." (WHO, 2006a) If you are engaging in sexual activity you must be aware of the contraception methods available to you and learn what is best or best suits you! 80 - 90% of women that engage in unprotected sex get pregnant! A woman can still get pregnant even if:

  • If a man pulls out of her vagina before he 'comes'.
  • If she has sex when she has a period.
  • If she is breastfeeding.
  • If it is the first time someone has sex.
  • If she does not have an orgasm.
  • If she douches (squirts water or other liquid into her vagina) or washes after sex.
  • In whatever position the couple has sex.
The simple fact is that if you do not wish to get pregnant then you need to use some form of contraception. A list of contraception methods is available from Niamh in the SU or the IT doctor or nurse, If you are sexually active it is advised to select a contraceptive method that best suits you to protect yourself from STI's and pregnancy.

Condoms

Condoms are the most effective method of preventing STI's (Sexually transmitted infections) and should be always used when having sex. Unless you are in a committed relationship and have both been tested for STI's, it is always recommended to use condoms. Sex can be fun, but you cannot possibly know their entire sexual history and the history of those who have been intimate with your current partner previously.

Emergency Contraception

The emergency contraception pill is sometimes incorrectly called the 'morning-after pill'. Emergency contraception pills can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex (however, the sooner they are taken after unprotected sex the more effective they are). Emergency contraception is available from your doctor or over-the-counter at any pharmacy. The failure rate for pills is between 1 and 5%. The failure rate for the coil is less than 1%. Emergency contraception does not protect from STI's or HIV. You can still get pregnant after using emergency contraception if you have further episodes of unprotected sex before your next period. It is likely that you can continue to use your regular method of contraception, but must use alternative contraception ie: condoms for at least 7 days afterwards.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

STI's can be prevented with vigilance and safety. Always wear a condom when having sex, you may think you know your partners sexual history but STI's are easily transmitted through sex and can be passed on through people without even knowing. Free STI checks are available in Tralee General hospital every second Thursday and the times can be retrieved from your welfare officer Niamh or the IT doctor.

Drugs, Alcohol & Sex

A lot of sex without contraception and unplanned pregnancies occurs when drugs and/or alcohol has been taken by either one of or both parties involved, during your time in IT Tralee and after please be vigilant with your actions while drinking. Condoms are readily available, and you can can also get some from your Welfare officer. If you are comfortable and happy then that's all that matters, but please make sure you have some condoms to hand and don't ever be afraid to ask for some from your students' union.

Sexual Health Contacts

Sexual Health Clinic - STI Screening

Kerry General Hospital ph: 066-7184139 | Free and Confidential.

Kerry Counselling Centre, Tralee

Phone 066 712 2931 | Opening Hours: 9am to 1pm - Monday and Friday, Wednesday - 2pm to 5pm.

South West Counselling Centre, Killarney

Phone 064 36416 Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Appointments are also available, by arrangement, outside of office hours.

Institute Nurse

Phone 066 7145600 Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. All Kerry CPCS services are available by making an appointment.

Sexual Health Centre

16 Peters Street, Cork. Phone 021 4966844 The lines are open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. What services are offered? Free pregnancy testing with immediate results. Pregnancy counselling by a professionally qualified counsellor who will give you full information on all the options available to you: parenting, adoption and abortion. Counselling after an abortion by a professionally qualified counsellor. Free medical check-up after an abortion. All SHC services are available by making an appointment. www.sexualhealthcentre.com

Lloyd's Online Doctor

Offers STI Testing and Prescriptions online: www.lloydsonlinedoctor.ie (a discount from USI is available from your Welfare Officer).

Crisis Pregnancy Agency

Phone: 01 814 6292 www.crisispregnancy.ie

Cura

Phone: 066 71 27355 | www.cura.ie

Student's Union

Niamh Murtagh, Welfare Officer - 066 7144137

Please don't hesitate to contact any member of the union at any time; all queries will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence and respect.

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About the ITTSU

We are made up of three full time officers and six part time officers, who will serve a term of 12 months. All officers have been elected by the students of the Institute.

This means that we have gone through many of the same experiences you all will go through so you should feel comfortable to come to us with any query at all and hopefully we can make your experience here in Tralee as enjoyable as possible.

IT, Tralee Students' Union are proud members of the USI (Union of Students in Ireland)

Do you want more info? Give Us a Call

If for some reason you cannot seem to contact us online or you are not on campus please call the union on one of the below numbers or feel free to drop into any of the offices.

066-7144138 | 066-7144137

IT Tralee Student's Union