Sexual Health: Know your body, Know your OPTIONS! 1-800-sex-sense

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Thank-you so much to Madison Samorodin, Third Year Nursing Student,  for this great article for students about Sexual Health and how to find answers and information.

 What is Options for Sexual Health (Opt)?

A provincial organization whose mission is to “provide comprehensive sexual health education, accurate information, support for sexual expression and reproductive choice, and confidential clinical services that help all British Columbians enjoy healthy sexuality throughout life.”

  Who can use the Selkirk Opt Clinic?

Everyone and anyone! Come in and talk to us about your sexual and reproductive health care needs. The clinic is available for students, staff, community members, etc. Opt staff can provide you with information and education from a feminist, pro-choice, sex positive perspective within the  vision of  promoting “a society that celebrates healthy sexuality, its diversity of expression, and a positive sexual self-image for individuals throughout life.” This is exactly what we as third year nursing students want to portray for our community.

What is offered? 

Contraception

  • Educating clients about all methods of contraception
  • Contraceptive counselingbirth-control
  • Providing low-cost contraception including: plan B emergency contraceptive, select oral contraceptives, injectable contraceptives, vaginal contraceptive ring and IUD information and referral for insertion.

Pregnancy Evaluation

  • Pregnancy testing, options counseling, and diagnosis
  • Provision of, or referral for, preconception care

Sexually transmitted infections

  • ·Testing and  treatment,
  • client follow-up and partner notification

Reproductive Health Screening

  • ·         Cervical screening
  • ·         Routine breast exams

Selkirk College Castlegar Campus has its own OPT Clinic but there are also OPT services in all Selkirk college communities.  There are 62 other clinics in BC (including Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Nakusp and Kaslo)- to find a clinic near you with location and times of operation, visit www.optionsforsexualhealth.org and click on clinic finder .

Here is the Nelson OPT info:

https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers/nelson-opt-clinic

 When is the Castlegar Campus clinic open?IMG_0006

Thursday’s in Monashee wing room 10 from 11-1 pm in the fall and winter semester

  What does it cost?

The services of Opt are mostly free. Birth control is low cost – usually $15.00/month and exceptions can be made from time to time for anyone who is unable to pay. Most lab tests are sent to the provincial lab and are processed for free. 

Who works at the Selkirk College Opt?

The clinic is run by two third year nursing students who have taken extra training through Opt and an Opt trained registered nurse. “Working as a nursing student at the options clinic is very rewarding. Everyday we help people feel a bit more at ease and confident about their sexual health”.. We are not thIMG_0005e experts here; in fact you all are the experts of your own sexual health and we would like to learn and grow with you. If we do not know the facts, we will find them out for you. If you want comprehensive and unbiased information on all your reproductive choices or have questions, stop by one of your local Options Clinics, it’s not weird to ask!

What if I have a question outside clinic hours?

Can’t make it into a clinic, but need to talk to someone about anything to do with your sexual health?

call 1-800-sex-sense.

Sex Sense is a free and confidential sexual health referral and information service open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (PT). The Sex sense line is staffed by a team of registered nurses, clinical counselors, and sex educators who welcome your calls and offer information and resources for people living across BC.

Resources:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo credit: www.optionsforsexualhealth.org

http://www.sexualityandyou.ca/

http://www.sexualhealthandrights.ca/

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