Contaception and Pregnancy
Sexual health is an important issue to keep in mind if you are sexually active in University. Remember, not everyone is sexually active and you shouldn’t feel pressurised into having sex. For those who choose to have sex, we run a condom shop from the Welfare Office where you can buy condoms or get some for free!
Prices are as follows:
- 3 – Free
- 9 – €3
- 30 – €10
- 144 – €33
We have a full range of condoms so stop by the Welfare Office on the ground floor of the SU and stay protected. We will be giving out condoms at some SU events as well so you can pick up some at these events.
There are other forms of contraception and protection that you may wish to consider. These include dental dams, female condoms, diaphragms, intra-uterine devices, implants, patches and vaginal rings. For more information go to www.thinkcontraception.ie.
If you need someone to talk to, then the welfare officer is always available. If you don’t want to talk to the welfare officer they can put you in contact with people who can help. You can contact the My Options freephone line on 1800 828 010 for information on unplanned and crisis pregnancies.
www.positiveoptions.ie offers details of support services and information about crisis pregnancy.
Emergency contraception is a secondary form of contraception – it is used when other forms (e.g. a condom) have failed or not been used at all. It is effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. If you need Emergency contraception (i.e. the morning-after pill) then it can be prescribed and dispensed to you by Student Health for €15. When you go there, tell the receptionist that you need to get the morning-after pill and you will be seen immediately. Alternatively, go to the nearest pharmacy and ask to see the pharmacist. Visit Your emergency contraception choices – sexualwellbeing. for more information about Emergency Contraception.
Termination of pregnancy
In Ireland, it is legal to have an abortion up to 12 weeks. More information is available here and remember, your Students’ Union is always here for you.