If you’re having sex or thinking of having sex, it’s smart to know your options, especially when it comes to having safer sex to protect yourself and your partners from unintended pregnancy and/or STIs. There are a tons of ways to keep you and your partner safe and healthy. You can choose from different methods that suit your life and the kind of sex you want to have.
Sexual health also requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, and enables the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
Always remember that although safe sex is a world of options, there’s one thing that’s never optional: consent. Enthusiastic, informed, and ongoing consent is a requirement for any kind of sex, period. Sex without consent is rape.
*Health Promotion and Wellness is committed to providing resources that celebrate and affirm all gender identities. We recognize that people of all genders need information about sexual health, birth control, and the other topic areas we cover. On this page, we do not use gendered language to refer to bodies and birth control methods. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every resource we link to will do the same. While we continue to work towards inclusive language everywhere, we apologize for the shortcomings in sources of information currently available.