It's important to keep sexual health in mind if you are sexually active during univeristy. Free condoms are available in UCD all year round from the SU Welfare Office.
What to do if....
We didn’t use protection
The morning after pill can be bought in all pharmacies and does not require a prescription.
UCD Procare offer 2 forms of emergency contraception.
Norlevo, Can be taken up to 3 days after sex.
Ellaone, Can be taken up to 5 days after sex.
When you go into the pharmacy, ask for the morning after pill at the counter. You will then have a private 5-10 minute consultation with the pharmacist where you’ll be asked a few questions about your last period and your medical history.
The next step is to get an STI test.
STI tests cost €40 with a nurse or €60 with a doctor in the UCD Health Centre.
Free STI testing is available in the Guide Clinic in St. James’ Hospital, Dublin 8 on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays. www.guideclinic.ie
Chlamydia & Gonnhorea tests can be bought in the UCD Procare Pharmacy, or bought online with a 40% discount for UCD students when you use the code UCDLETSGETCHECKED.
I think I have an STI
If you have symptoms of an STI, go to your GP immediately.
I think I might be pregnant
Signs of pregnancy vary. They can include any of the following:
• Late or missed period
• Swelling or tenderness of the breasts
• More frequent trips to the loo
• Nausea or vomiting (‘morning sickness’ can in fact occur at any time of day)
Take a pregnancy test. You can get pregnancy tests in the UCD Procare Pharmacy from €4.50.
I just found out I’m pregnant
Contact the Irish Family Planning Clinic Helpline on 1850 49 50 51.
What are your options?
1. Continue with the pregnancy and become a parent. If you wish to do this, you should contact your GP, who will arrange ante-natal care.
2. Continue with the pregnancy and consider adoption or fostering.
3. End the pregnancy through abortion. If you do not want to continue with the pregnancy, then abortion is an option to consider seriously. You have more treatment options the earlier it is carried out.
There are several organisations who can help you discuss & understand your options for free.
Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices give abortion help and advice, information on abortion clinics in England, and provide free pregnancy counselling.
Men affected by crisis pregnancy can also recieve free counselling support, and free post-abortion support is also available for men.
I’ve been sexually assaulted
Contact your local Rape Crisis Centre as soon as possible. They will give you the information you need to help you make a decision about what to do next.
Supports available in UCD:
UCD Health & Counselling
01 716 3133
UCDSU Welfare Officer
Supports available outside UCD:
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
24-hour helpline 1800 778 888
If you wish to report…
Ring an Garda Siochana on 112. UCD’s nearest Garda Station is Donnybrook 01 666 9200.
If you decide you may want to report the rape or sexual assault to the police, do not wash until you have undergone a medical and forensic examination.