"Healthy Sexuality" refers to many facets of your life as a sexual being:
- how to communicate in a healthy way about what you want from a sexual relationship and how to set your boundaries around sexual experiences you don't want;
- learning about and understanding your sexual orientation;
- evaluating and ensuring that other aspects of your intimate relationships are healthy;
- keeping yourself safe from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy;
- knowing the signs and symptoms of STDs so that you can identify them in yourself or your partner and get treatment;
- learning how to prevent pregnancy, as well as what resources and options are available if you become pregnant.
If you are struggling with any of these issues, you can make an appointment to speak with Angela Seguin by calling 831-3457. Read on to learn more about these topics.
Facts, Self-Help & How-To Information:
- How do I communicate with my partner about sex? (coming soon)
- Where do I go for Emergency Contraception in Newark?
- How are Healthy Relationships defined? How do I know if my relationship is abusive?
- How do I avoid pregnancy? I think I might be pregnant; what do I do?
- What is "Safer Sex"? How can I set myself up for success? -- Top 10 Safer Sex tips.
- What do I do if I am sexually assaulted? How do I help a friend if it happens to them?
- I'd like to learn more about Sexual Orientation (coming soon)
- What unique health concerns might I need to know about if I am lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered?
- What is THAT!? -- Signs, Symptoms, Facts & Stats of STDs
- Where do I go for HIV Testing in Newark?
Allies at Student Wellness & Health Promotion
Some of our professional staff are trained members of the University's Ally Network providing support to those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning on our campus. Allies support individuals who have questions or concerns about such issues as sexual identity, sexual harassment, community resources, and support systems. Allies can answer questions and make referrals to resources in our community.
Contraception & Pregnancy
For information on contraception options to avoid pregnancy, emergency contraception, or support and referral for UD students who are or might be pregnant, Student Wellness & Health Promotion provides information, detailed brochures, and one-on-one appointments with professional staff. Stop by the office for a brochure or make an appointment by calling 831-3457.
Contraception -- A good online list of common contraceptive methods with explanation is provided by Delaware Health & Social Services, along with a list of agencies providing Reproductive Health Services in Delaware.
Emergency Contraception -- If you have had unprotected sex within the last 5 days, and you are over age 17, you can purchase Plan B Emergency Contraception over the counter (without a prescription) at any pharmacy in the area. UD Students can also purchase Emergency Contraception at the Student Health Service Dispensary during it's operating hours Mon-Fri, 8:30am-Noon and 1pm-4:00pm. Please note that Plan B is most effective when taken within the first 72 hours (3 days) but can still be taken within the first 105 hours (5 days).
Possible Pregnancy -- If you think you might be pregnant, the Women's Clinic at the Student Health Service offers non-directive pregnancy testing and counseling. The all-female staff provides information, gynecological care, and options. To make an appointment, call 831-8035.
If you are Pregnant -- If you have a positive pregnancy test, and you are trying to decide what to do, there are three basic options: carrying the pregnancy to term and raising the baby yourself, carrying the pregnancy to term and placing the baby with an adoption agency for another family to adopt, or terminating the pregnancy. There are a variety of agencies in the Newark area that provide services for young women who are pregnant.
Planned Parenthood of Delaware – provides the full range of gynecological services. Specific to pregnancy, PPDE provides pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, counseling, information on family planning, and abortion. Planned Parenthood does not take a position about what you should do, but provides you with information and options so that you can make the choice that is right for you. The Newark location of Planned Parenthood is located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Haines Street.
A Door of Hope Pregnancy Center – provides free, confidential services to young women who are pregnant. The agency has an anti-abortion viewpoint, and offers alternatives to abortion and support for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy. They also offer spiritual counseling, assistance with maternity and baby needs, and resource referrals. A Door of Hope is located at 218 East Main Street, Suite 114, in Newark.
Safe Arms for Babies – If you are a young woman thinking of abandoning your baby, Delaware law allows you to bring your baby, up to 14 days old, to any Hospital Emergency Room in Delaware. The staff will care for the baby and find the baby a home, without even asking your name. Call 1-800-262-9800 for information or just go to any hospital emergency room.
Adoption -- There are many reliable adoption agencies in the state of Delaware. Any of the above listed organizations can put you in touch with an adoption agency if you wish to pursue this option.
Speaker & Sexual Assault Survivor Debra Puglisi Sharp
123 Memorial Hall
Debbie is a Delaware resident whose story was in the news on a daily basis as it unfolded in April, 1998. Come hear her powerful story including the recording of her 911 call to police that freed her from captivity. Learn more: www.puglisisharp.com. Sponsored by S.O.S. and UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
123 Memorial Hall
This program, facilitated by members of S.O.S. will help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Sponsored by S.O.S. and UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Project led by the newly forming Men's Action Network
Stop by Perkins Kiosk on Friday for a chance to win a UD Bookstore gift card! Just spend a few moments sharing your thoughts for a project on masculinity, gender norms, and engaging men in gender-based violence prevention.