Contraception - Frithghiniúint

There are many ways to have safe sex! Contraception comes in many forms so it’s important to find what works best for you. For an up to date guide on the different options available check on www.sexualwellbeing.ie!

Common contraceptives include:

  • The pill or mini pill
  • Condoms or the female condom
  • Diaphragm
  • The IUD
  • Spermicides
  • The Coil
  • The patch
  • Injectable contraception
  • The ring

The HSE now provides colleges with free condoms and lubricant for students to avail of. House 6 will always have a stock if you need some!

 

Consent - Comhthoil

Consent is where there is free and voluntary agreement to engage in a sexual act with someone else. It is a crime to engage in a sexual act with someone who has not given consent. This law is set out in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, 2017. 

It is important to know that even if you consent to a sexual act, you are absolutely free to change your mind before the act begins or at any time before it ends.

Remember that Consent is FRIES:

  • Freely-given
  • Retractable
  • Informed
  • Enthusiastic
  • Specific

Pregnancy Support - Tacaíocht d’Iompar Clainne

Unplanned pregnancies can produce feelings of shock, and be an isolating experience especially for students. If you find yourself in this situation contact a GP at the Health Centre, the counselling service or the Welfare & Equality Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your options in complete confidence.

Pregnancy tests are available at all pharmacies. College Health Service also offers pregnancy tests for €10.

Here are some external supports that you may find helpful:

Irish Family Planning Association

Sexual Health Charity

www.ifpa.ie

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01 607 4456

My Options

Information including continued pregnancy supports and abortion services

www.myoptions.ie

1800 828 010

Well Woman Centre

Range of primary health care services, family planning, counselling and sexual health services

www.wellwomancentre.ie

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01 874 9243

Sexual Harrasment & Assault - Ciapadh Gnéasach & Ionsú

College defines sexual harassment as ‘any attempt to coerce an unwilling member of the college into a sexual relationship or to subject such a person to unwanted sexual attention, or to punish a refusal to comply or to create a sexucal intimidatory, hostile or offensive environment’. It includes all forms of harassment from unpleasant remarks to sexual assault.

If you’ve had a non-consensual experience or would like to talk to someone about issues regarding consent you chat with the SU Welfare & Equality Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the Student Counselling Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Niteline, or the College Health Team (www.tcd..ie/collegehealth). All are highly trained, confidential and non-judgemental sources of support.

The ‘What do I do now’ document gives an overview of what to do regarding disclosures of assault and rape in college.  Check bit.ly/SAdisclosuretcd for more information.

External supports:

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Support for Survivors

www.drcc.ie

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1800 778 888

One in Four

Support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

www.oneinfour.ie

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01 662 4070

Sexual Assault Treatment Unit

Information on all your care options if you have been raped or sexually assaulted

www.hse.ie/satu 

Women’s Aid

Domestic violence support

www.womensaid.ie

1800 341 900

Sexual Health Clinics - Clinicí Sláinte Ghnéis

You can book a cervical check smear test or attend Sexual Health Clinics through the College Health Centre. They also run mini screens with a nurse, as well as sexual health clinics with a doctor or nurse.

For more info check the College Health website (https://www.tcd.ie/collegehealth/service/specialised.php) or call them on 01 896 1591 or 01 896 1556.

STIs and HIV

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that is passed on through sexual contact with someone who is infected. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the human immune system and weakens its ability to fight infection and disease.

TCDSU offers rapid HIV testing kits for students (for collection or postage) - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The HSE also offers free home STI testing kits, available to order at www.sh24.ie

How to prevent STIs:

  • Use a condom
  • Use a dental dam
  • Do not share sex toys
  • Get vaccinated
  • Use PEP is you may have been exposed to HIV
  • PrEP if you are HIV negative

For more information on looking after your sexual health visit sexualwellbeing.ie. Free STI tests can also be ordered there!

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