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This is the sex you should be having at uni

13th October 2016

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Starting university can be daunting for many as it ticks off a whole list of firsts: first time living away from home, first time looking after yourself, and for many students university will be the first time they have sex.

According to the 6th annual Felix Survey for Imperial, students starting university having never had sexual intercourse before varies from course to course.

The survey (2016) found that Business School students were the most inexperienced (29% are virgins), while Materials students were the most sexually active, with just 7% of students having not had sex.

Whatever your experience level when headed to uni, it’s really important to take sexual health seriously - so it’s time to get clued up.

Wrap up.

We’ve all seen those viral videos of girls adorning condoms on their limbs, but getting the right fit for condom sizing is really important. If a condom is too small, it’s going to hurt your fella, and if it’s too big it’s going to fall off, leading to a risk in pregnancy and exposure to STIs.

A worrying 75% of students in the Felix survey admitted that the were less likely to use a condom during a one night stand, and 44% of students admitted to never taking an STI test.

The survey also found that 20% of medics used the pulling out method as contraception, which is in no way fool-proof.

Most condoms come in a range of sizes and styles to accommodate everyone, so be mindful when getting hot and heavy.

Wetter is better.

Students are renowned for one thing in particular: drinking. But while you might be making the most out of cheap student prices, you may not realise that alcohol can impact on your sex life.

Alcohol desensitises the genitals for both men and women, so it may take you a little longer to get aroused, especially after a heavy session. Sexual lubricants are great for helping things get going during sex, and they can even make it last longer!

It’s important to get lubricant savvy, however, if you want to stay safe. If you’re using condoms, stick to water or silicone based lubes. If you’re using silicone sex toys, pick water or oil based products.

Enjoy feel-good vibes.

If you’ve never used a sex toy before but want to enhance your sexual pleasure, then start off small. Bullet vibes and slim vibrators are great as they are super discreet but do the job nicely.

A slim G-Spot vibrator can also double up as a clitoral vibrator. A number are also whisper-quiet, so perfect for use in a shared housing situation.

It’s really important that you store your sex toys properly to keep them hygienic. Most vibrators come with a satin bag to protect them, or if you have the space then you can simply keep them in their packaging. You can keep them clean really easily too, by either using soap and water or a specifically designed cleaning formula.

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Cock rings are great as they come in a versatile range of designs that suit anyone’s budget. Available in vibrating and non-vibrating styles, cock rings enhance his erection by restricting the blood flow, engorging his penis and making him last longer.

Get real about your sexual health.

The Felix survey revealed that 21% of students get an STI test when they change sexual partners, with 19% admitting that they only got tested if they were concerned about their new partner’s sexual health.

STIs can lead to a whole host of health implications, and can even affect your fertility in later life. University medical centres offer a wide range of services, so it’s important to get serious and go see your doctor regularly for sexual health check ups.

Megan Barnett works for Jo Divine

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