Female Sexual Health

A brief look into female sexual health...

It is important for young women to understand their reproductive anatomy. Take a look and get acquainted with the female sexual anatomy. This is important to keep in mind when choosing a birth control method or when conducting self examinations. 

Womens' health resources:

Which sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are tested during a regular gynecological exam?

WebMD's Instructions on how to conduct a Female Genital Self-Exam

 

Things to keep in mind:

  • - Be sure to see a gynecologist. The campus health center can provide gynecological exams. Remember to begin getting yearly pap smears around age 21 or 3 years after sexual intercourse. 
  • - If you are sexually active, use a birth control method that works for you. The health center also provides specific birth control methods without insurance and at a discounted price, and the SPARKS! office gives out safe sex supplies for FREE. You can also anonymously request them online!
  • - Get Tested for STIs. Doctors do not automatically test for STIs, so if you want to be tested, you need to specifically ask to be tested the next time you visit your gynecologist.
  • - Get your HPV Vaccine if you haven't already. This vaccine protects against some forms of HPV that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. It is recommended that you get this vaccine before your first experience of sexual intercourse and/or before age 26.