Sexual Health

If you have sex without using a condom, you’re gambling on catching one of 25 STIs. 8 of these don’t always have symptoms and 4 are incurable. And the chances of picking something up are surprisingly high – 1 in 9 people has had an STI.

So to make sure you play it safe, use a condom and make sure you get tested for STIs regularly. Our nearest GUM clinic is The Laurels, within walking distance of Queens’ (just behind the Grafton Centre) open:

Tuesday – 9.30-13.30
Wednesday -14.00-17.00
Thursday – 14.00 – 17.00
Friday – 9.30 – 13.30

For appointments or advice call: 08456 505152.

Where to get hold of contraception

All members of the welfare team have a steady supply of condoms, just contact one of us, and we can provide you with some. There is also the condom machine in the laundry room for use in times of emergency. If you do end up using it, remember to leave a donation to fund this service!

CUSU sells condoms, dental dams, lubricant and latex gloves at cost price. You can drop into the CUSU office (on the New Museums site in the Old Examination Halls, number 21 on this map) to pick them up or contact the CUSU Welfare & Graduates Officer. Click here for a list of the exciting goodies they have on offer:

Some contraceptives (e.g. the pill, diaphragm and cap) are available only through your GP or family planning clinic. Others can be brought over the counter from a chemist (e.g. morning after pill). If you wish to find out more about going on the pill, or want to get a diaphragm, you will need to make an appointment with you GP, there’s absolutely no need to feel embarrassed about this, they do it all the time! For more information on the morning after pill, read on!

Beyond the university, condoms are supplied free of charge by the Family Planning Association, The Laurels, Clinic 1A and some GPs. Condoms, femidoms, dental dams and lubricant are available free of charge from DHIVERSE.

Emergency Contraception

Had a condom split or missed a pill? Before you panic, remember that there are two types of emergency contraception available to you, to help prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Emergency contraception pills. 

These must be started within 3 days (72 hours) from the time you had sex. These pills may be referred to as ‘morning after’ pills, but this is misleading as they are effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. However, they are most effective if taken within the first 24 hours.

Emergency IUD (intrauterine device)

Can be fitted by a doctor or nurse up to 5 days from the time you had sex. Once it has been fitted you can keep it as a regular method of contraception.


You can get free emergency contraception from:

  • most GPs
  • family planning clinics
  • most sexual health clinics
  • most genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
  • most NHS walk-in centres (in England only)
  • some hospital accident and emergency departments


  • over the counter from most chemists (Boots or Superdrug in town) for around £25 – Boots now offer the Emergancy contraception pill for free

Over 95 per cent of women who take emergency contraceptive pills do not become pregnant.

If the incident happens over the weekend, as well as Boots still being an option, you can also get it prescribed from Addenbrooke’s.

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