Sexponent: Back-to-school edition

The beginning of the school year is about pushing boundaries, meeting new people, and exploring new territories on your own and with friends. However, chances are there is one particular activity that is on most people’s minds…

Sex is awesome. It’s fun, it can be a healthy part of a relationship and it’s a great way to grow, explore and gain more knowledge about ourselves. Of course, there are also things you should keep in mind and prepare for in the mix of all this goodness.

Be safe! Are you and your partner clean? Get an STI (sexually transmitted infection) check annually to make sure you’re healthy and that you won’t give something to your partner. These screenings are cheap and easy and are administered at most clinics and private healthcare providers.

Use birth control! Two methods are better than one, and the options are many. There are birth control pills, IUDs, implants, patches and shots that all can be used to prevent accidental pregnancies, depending on what you and your doctor decide is best.
At minimum, use condoms every time you have sex. They help prevent the spread of STIs and protect against pregnancy — a double whammy of safety. You can buy condoms at a wealth of places in town — Costco even sells them in bulk. Also, the MSU health clinic offers them for free if you’re feeling thrifty. However, that means you have no excuse not to have a condom or two on hand.

Be smart. Partying can be a great way to relax and blow off a stressful school week, but waking up next to a person you barely remember may not be. If you really like somebody, get their number and plan to hang out at another time when you aren’t inebriated.

Enjoy yourself. Nobody has the right to dictate what you do with your body besides yourself.  Whether you have a little sex, lots of sex or no sex at all, make sure you look before you leap and be smart, safe and have fun.