Sexual health is feeling good physically, mentally and socially about your own sexuality and any intimate or sexual relationships. It means always respecting yourself and others and having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences when you are ready that are free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
It’s important to have access to confidential, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive information and services.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
STIs can be passed from person to person by having sexual contact or blood contact. Some STIs can be treated with medication. If an STI is left untreated it can lead to serious health problems.
A condom should be used every time you have sexual contact. Condoms can help protect you from STIs and unwanted pregnancies.
You can have an STI and not have any symptoms. See a health care provider for STI testing. For more information visit a Sexual Health Clinic or a Student Health Centre or call the Health Info Line: 613-735-8666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666.
It is important to know your birth control options and how they work.
Birth control will only work if it is used properly. There are many different types of birth control and a health care provider can help find one that best suits you and your lifestyle.
Renfrew County and District Health Unit may be able to help with the cost of your birth control by providing you with a coupon for your pharmacy. Visit a Sexual Health Clinic or a Student Health Centre for more information.
Emergency contraceptive pills must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex and are most effective if taken within three days. These pills are available by speaking to the pharmacist at your local drug store.
The only birth control method that provides protection from sexually transmitted infections is the male and female condom.
Sexual Health Consultation
Renfrew County and District Health Unit offers confidential, non-judgemental counselling at our Sexual Health Clinics in Arnprior, Barry’s Bay, Pembroke and Renfrew and at our Student Health Centre at five local high schools.
Speak to a Public Health Nurse about any sexual health questions by calling the Health Info Line at: 613-735-8666 666 or 1-800-267-1097 extension 666.
More information on sexual health and your options can be found at www.sexandu.ca