Sexual Health & Wellness
Sexual health and wellness needs and concerns are common at any age, but especially among college aged men and women. On the UPC campus, the Engemann Student Health Center staff strives to be sensitive to the issues of those who may be sexually active with the opposite sex, same sex or both as well as for those students who are not or have not been sexually active.
It is the health center’s goal to provide quality clinical services in an environment that is non-judgmental and respectful of each individual as well as his or her privacy. Men’s Health Services, Women’s Health Services and Transgender Health Services are available. Details of services are described below.
The Importance of Sexual Health
Sexuality is an integral part of being human. Love, affection and sexual intimacy contribute to healthy relationships and individual well-being. But along with the positive aspects of our human sexuality, there are also illnesses, mixed emotions and unintended consequences that can affect our sexual health. An open discussion of sexuality issues is important to promoting sexual health and responsibility. Regular check-ups with your health care provider and being open and talking with your partner are all important to stay healthy.
What Is Sexual Health?
Sexual health refers to the many factors that impact sexual function and reproduction. These include a variety of physical, mental and emotional factors. Disorders that affect any of these factors can impact a person’s physical and emotional health, as well as his or her relationships and self-image.
Sexual Health Issues
Common sexual health disorders include:
- Reproductive system disorders, including cancer
- Infertility problems
- Gynecologic problems, including endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and premenstrual syndrome
- Urinary system problems, including incontinence and urinary tract infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction (ED), painful intercourse, and loss of sexual desire
Other sexual health issues include:
- Concerns regarding “normal” or acceptable sexual behavior and lifestyles
- Birth control
Maintaining Your Sexual Health
Maintaining your sexual health is important through regular check-ups with your physician. The Engemann Student Health Center offers Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Transgender Health services and support including:
- Sexual health evaluations and treatment
- HIV Testing
- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Support in maintaining sexual health
- Support and assistance for concerns relating to sexual function or performance
- Support and assistance for concerns relating to sexual orientation
- Information about testicular self-exams
- Routine age-specific laboratory testing
- Blood pressure screening
- Review of medication
- Information about diet and exercise
Engemann Student Health Center offers a Women’s Health Team to address everything from Pap smears and contraceptive needs to STI exams and pregnancy diagnosis. Services include:
- Emergency contraception (EC): EC is effective if taken within 5 days after having unprotected intercourse. It is available through the Advice Nurse at Engemann by calling (213) 740-9355 or at the Campus Pharmacy.
- Pregnancy testing and counseling
- Routine gynecological exams
- PAP Smears
- STI Screenings
- Contraceptive counseling
Below are some of the more common forms of contraception. These work by suppressing the pituitary gland which in turn stops the development and release of the egg in the ovary. They also change the uterine lining, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. Talk to your healthcare provider to discuss which type is best for you.
- Birth Control Pills: Taken daily; 99% effective with perfect use, 92% effective with typical use; doesn’t protect against STIs.
- Depo-Provera Hormonal Injections: 1 injection every 3 months; 99% effective when injections are done at the right time; doesn’t protect against STIs
- Hormonal Implants: a tiny rod inserted into the upper arm; lasts for 3-5 years; 99% effective; doesn’t protect against STIs.
- Hormone Patch: patches changed weekly; 91-99% effective (based on body type); doesn’t protect against STIs.
- Vaginal Hormonal Ring (NuvaRing): ring inserted into the vagina; changed every 3 weeks; 99% effective; doesn’t protect against STIs.