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Sexual Health Clinic


If a condom breaks, there's nothing you can do.

False. If you're female and the condom has split, even if it's before your partner has ejaculated, seek emergency contraception. The emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill) must be started within 72 hours of sex. The IUD (coil). Must be fitted within five days after sex. Both are available from your doctor or from the Centre for Sexual Health at the hospital. Emergency contraception is not an option to be considered before sex. It is exactly what it says: a last resort should your main form of contraception fail.

Peeing after sex washes out sperm and prevents pregnancy.

False. Urine exits the bladder through the urethra, which lies above the vaginal opening, which means any sperm in the vagina won't even get wet when you wee. Once it's been released, sperm immediately starts travelling to the fallopian tubes to fertilise any egg that is there, so only emergency contraception will prevent a pregnancy.

Condoms are passion-killers and all boys hate them.

False. The only guys who WON'T use condoms are those with no respect for you. You wouldn't trust your boyfriend to pick your clothes, so don't rely on him to provide condoms. If you're considering sex, then take responsibility for yourself and get clued-up on safe sex and contraception.