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We Didn't Use Protection. What Should We Do Now

We Didn't Use Protection. What Should We Do Now

If you have questions related to sexual health, we can answer them. We’ve got information on HPV Vaccine, Plan B, abstinence, STIs, pregnancy and more.

Did you know…

... that there are many different ways to be abstinent? In fact, there isn’t a universal definition of abstinence—abstinence means different things to different people. Being sexual isn’t just about intercourse—you and your partner can enjoy body massages, explore each other’s bodies, or enjoy kissing, hugging, touching, and talking. Or, you can choose not to engage in any physical activity with anyone at this time—it’s completely up to you! Stop by the Health Promotion office at the Student Health Center to learn more about your options.

Myth vs. Fact

When it comes to your sexual health, how much do you really know?

Myth: All STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are visible to the naked eye.
Fact: Most STIs don’t have visible symptoms. In fact, many people who have an STI don’t know it. The only way to know for sure is to get tested – call the Student Health Center at to make an appointment.

Myth: Young men shouldn’t worry about examining their testicles periodically.
Fact: Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 18-30. Remember when Tom Green had it? Frequent self-exams are the best method for early detection.

Myth: Wearing two condoms protects you more than wearing just one.
Fact: “Double-bagging” is great for groceries, but not for sexual intercourse. Wearing two condoms at once increases the chance that they will break, due to the friction between them.

Myth: Men cannot be sexually assaulted or raped.
Fact: Anyone—regardless of their gender or sexual orientation—is at risk of being forced or coerced into sexual activity. Remember, the survivor is never at fault.

Myth: If he pulls out in time, I won’t get pregnant.
Fact: The withdrawal method is ineffective in preventing pregnancy because pre-cum may contain sperm, so it’s still possible to get pregnant before he withdraws.

Myth: You can’t get pregnant when you’re having your period.
Fact: Women’s menstrual cycles vary greatly, and it is possible that an egg can be released and fertilized while there is still bleeding. It’s best to always use a condom, even when you have your period.

HPV Vaccine for Women

Great news—a vaccine was developed that greatly reduces your risk of cervical cancer and genital warts caused by certain types of HPV (human papillomavirus). Women can get this vaccine whether or not they are sexually active. This is a very important breakthrough in women’s health!

P.S: Although the vaccine is not currently FDA approved for use in men, there are clinical trials currently taking place.

Plan B Now Available Without a Prescription

Maybe the condom broke, or you forgot to use protection, or you were sexually assaulted. Emergency contraception, or Plan B, is now available without a prescription for women age 18 and older (women under 17 still need a prescription). Plan B should be taken within 3 days of unprotected intercourse, but the sooner it is taken, the more effective it is.