Whether or not you’re having sex, it is important to know where to go to get contraception and advice for when you need it. Being aware of the options available can help make sure that you protect your own sexual health, and that of your partner.

There are a few things to consider before getting down to it, like what form of contraception you want to use and what will work best for you and your partner. The UEA medical centre offers a range of methods, from the pill to the implant, so it’s worth having a chat with a doctor or nurse in order to work out what the best option for you is. All the contraception offered at the medical centre is free, too.

Similarly, the Boots pharmacy on campus is a good place to go for any confidential advice you may need, or to get emergency contraception and your repeat prescriptions. Although you may not need to know this now, it’s important to know where to go in case you do get caught out.

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If you live closer to the city, there are several pharmacies that offer these services in the city centre. For example, Boots in Chapelfield and Castle Mall both offer emergency contraception and advice. Also, there is a walk-in centre at the top of Castle Mall that offers a wide range of services to young people, including advice on sex, pregnancy and sexual health. And you don’t need to be a registered patient to take advantage of these services. You can walk in to seek advice from a nurse or get a free pregnancy test (for under 25s), free condoms, free contraception prescriptions or emergency contraception.

So whatever your question or problem, there are places for you to go to get advice. Yes, it can be a seriously embarrassing topic for some people, but it is important to know what to do and where to go when things donĂ­t go to plan, or if you simply want to know what’s right for you.