Sexual health and contraception
The purpose of this site is to provide information on sexuality and sexual health, from contraceptive advice to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
If you cannot find an answer to your question, please take a look at the questions and replies in our online advice service (in Finnish). You can also send a new question to our experts via the online advice service.
Student health care appointments and health checks also provide a good opportunity to ask about sexual health matters. Appointments are usually booked via your FSHS unit’s appointment bookings system.
FSHS has also trained sex counsellors and sex therapists. Sex counselling is given during appointments and electronically. Read more.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and protecting yourself from infection
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections transmitted during sexual intercourse and oral sex:
Condoms are an effective way to protect yourself against STDs.
Choosing a method of contraception
Everyone has the right to contraception (birth control). When used correctly, modern contraceptive methods allow reliable birth control. Condoms are extremely valuable as they protect against STD infections. In terms of contraception, however, they are not as effective as hormonal contraceptives or intrauterine devices (IUDs, also known as coils).
Who should not use oral contraceptives (the pill)? Do oral contraceptives have adverse effects? Which factors can weaken their effect? What should you do if you forget a pill?
What is progestogen-only contraception and who can use it?
Renewing a contraceptive prescription
If you want to renew a valid contraceptive prescription, you can leave the prescription at your unit without a gynaecologist’s appointment.
Emergency contraception (“morning-after pill”)
The sooner hormonal emergency contraception is taken, the better it works. It should not be used instead of continuous contraception.