Sexual Health

Being healthy sexually means:

"Seeing yourself in a positive way, having the freedom to explore what your sexuality means to you, and only engaging in sexual activity that you are comfortable with performing."

Tips for engaging in safe sex:

  1. Set boundaries and rules. Know where you stand, so you do not go too far out of your comfort zone.
  2. Make sure that your partner has been tested and STD free
  3. Use condoms or protection

The Student Health promotion office offers the follow resources for ISU students:

  • Educational materials on safe sex practices
  • Step-by-Step instructions on how to use condoms properly
  • Free Condoms
  • Free Lubricants

Types of Birth Control


Fits over the penis and catches the sperm when a man comes. You can purchase them in drugstores. Only have to use when you are intending on having sexual intercourse.


Small device that is put inside the womb by a health care provider. This works by preventing the sperm from entering the womb by thickening the mucus in the cervix and making it hard for the sperm to enter the womb.

The Pill, Patch, or Vaginal Ring

Works by releasing artificial hormones that stops the ovaries from releasing eggs. This must be prescribed by a health care professional.


A shot of artificial hormones given by a health care provider. Stops the release of eggs from the ovaries. The shot last 3 months.


Not having sex. If two people don't have sex, then sperm can't fertilize an egg and there's no possibility of a pregnancy. Abstinence is the only 100% effective form of birth control.

What is Right For Me

Here are some questions to help you decide which method of birth control is right for you:

  • Will I feel embarrassed about using this method?

  • Will my partner feel embarrassed?

  • How does my partner feel about using birth control?

  • How much will this method cost?

  • Does this method fit my lifestyle?

  • Do I have religious or moral feelings that inhibit me from using this form of birth control?

  • How do I feel about touching my genitals in order to use this method?

  • How often do I have sex?

Your answers to the questions will help you decide what is right for you

sexual assault and rape

Learn more at the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response web page