I was cleaning out my room and I found my Viva La Vulva t-shirt. The Sexual Health Educators (SHEs) sold them my first year of college.
Quick poll - who would be interested if the SHEs were to be bring these back?
Tonight! Come to our sex positive party in Tishman Commons (Lulu Campus Center).
10 PM - 2 AM
Free for Wellesley students, $5 for non Wellesley!
Some of our SHEs and fellow students enjoying Sex Carnival.
Thanks to all who came!
Join Kaley H. and Molly T. on Wendesday in the Stone-D living room!
but remember FREE Flu Shots are available for the rest of the week from 10 AM - 3 PM in Health Services. No one you’re getting sexual with wants your cold!
I Heart Female Orgasm, coming this month to Wellesley College!
September 22nd at 7:00 PM in JAC
For more info, please see: I Love Female O
The full Female Orgasm Program includes:
• An emphasis on individuals making sexual decisions that are right for them, including whether to use the information now or when married or in a serious relationship
• Analysis of the messages women receive about their bodies and sexuality from media, religion, families, and elsewhere.
• Body image, and the links between “befriending your body” and experiencing physical pleasure
• The value of learning how to say “no” to sex—and the problems college-age and adult women sometimes encounter when they realize that’s all they ever learned
• An opportunity to talk openly in same-gender groups during part of the program
• Female anatomy
• Tips for partners about being patient and respectful
• The problems with pressure to have an orgasm, to orgasm faster, to have multiple orgasms, to orgasm with a partner, to fake or not fake orgasms
• Answers to the most common questions about orgasm
Sec. Hillary Clinton Defends Reproductive Rights and Family Planning
One of our lovely alums (Class of ‘69) fighting the good fight as Secretary of State.
By Lindsey Hildebrand, 2011
It’s not something most young women worry about much, the abnormal Pap smear…but it happens. A Pap smear is a test you get at a yearly gynecological exam where the doctor or nurse takes a small sample of cells from your cervix (the tiny opening at the bottom of the uterus) with a brush, then sends them to a lab to be examined. If your cells appear inflamed or deformed, your results can come back abnormal. Often, this is no big deal: you might have had sex recently or have a yeast infection. However, abnormal paps are also tested for high-risk strains of HPV and can sometimes indicate an infection.
HPV is the Human Papilloma Virus, which is the same type of virus that causes warts on hands and feet. Over 100 types exist, about 40 of which can infect the genital area. Most surprisingly, about half of all men and three-quarters of all women (and more young women) are infected. Though most people have no symptoms from HPV infections, some types cause genital warts and other “high risk” types can cause cancer. The good news is that most infections will go away by themselves within a year or two.
So how do you get it? Or, more importantly, how do you not get it? Transmission occurs via skin-to-skin contact, that is, basically any time the genitals touch each other. Two vaccines on the market protect against some of the HPV strains, Gardasil and Cervarix (Available at Health Services!). Both protect against the two types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers (about 70%), while Gardasil also protects against the two types that cause 90% of genital warts. Keep in mind, though, that there are other strains out there that can cause cancer as well as genital warts! The best protection against these is a barrier such as a condom or dental dam. Though they are not as effective in preventing HPV as other STIs, barriers are still better than nothing. Use them even if both of you have been tested, especially when your partner is male, since there is currently no way to test men for HPV.
But what if you do get that infection? Don’t panic! Most sexually active people are infected at some point in their lives, but most don’t know it. If you have a high-risk infection, your practitioner may recommend that you get a culposcopy, which is basically when a doctor looks at your cervix through a special microscope. He or she will insert a speculum, just like when you have a pap smear, and put a little vinegar on your cervix to highlight abnormal cells. After looking through the culposcope, the doctor might want to take a biopsy, a tiny sample of cells, from your cervix, to investigate further. Either way, you and your health care team will work out a plan to monitor your HPV and treat any abnormal cells that might develop or just make sure that your body gets rid of it.
The bottom line: HPV is out there and very common. But by taking the proper precautions, like vaccination, barrier use, and regular pap smears, you can protect yourself from its potential dangers.
Source/For more info: PlannedParenthood.org