Condoms are the only type of contraception that can both prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
There are two types of condoms: male condoms, worn on the penis; and female condoms, worn inside the vagina. Condoms are a "barrier" method of contraception. They are made of very thin latex (rubber), polyurethane or polyisoprene and are designed to prevent pregnancy by stopping sperm from meeting an egg. They can also protect against STIs if used correctly during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Free condoms are available from the Students’ Union Advice Centre and through the C-Card and U-Card Schemes.
The Lincolnshire C-Card Scheme provides free condoms, lube and sexual health information to young people aged 13 – 19 years old.
To join C-Card you need to register at one of the C-Card Registration Points (e.g. the University of Lincoln Health Centre). This takes about 20 minutes. You will need to give your date of birth and the first part of your postcode. This information is confidential and you cannot be traced from it. You will be issued with a credit sized C-Card.
This is the University equivalent of the C-Card Scheme. Through the scheme free condoms are accessible to all university students. Just call the University of Lincoln Health Centre on: 01522 870010 and ask to book a U-Card appointment.
For more information on other forms of contraception, visit the NHS Contraception Guide: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/
University of Lincoln Students’ Union Advice Centre: 01522537000 [email protected]
University of Lincoln Health Centre: 01522 870010
University of Lincoln Health Centre free GUM clinic and contraception sessions, including implants, every Wednesday 2-6pm: call 01522 309309 and ask for a ‘Lincoln University Health Centre session’
Lincolnshire Sexual Health Service (Central Booking Line): 01522 309309 or click here.
Sexual Health Advice Positive Health (Lincs): 0800 252534 (Positive Health is a Lincoln based charity whose aim is to provide confidential information and support to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS).
Sexual Assault Referral Centre: 01522 524402
Lincolnshire Rape Crisis: 0800 33 4 55 00 Tuesday 6pm to 9pm, Wednesday 2pm to 4pm or email: [email protected]
Chlamydia screening (15-24 year olds): Text or call 07879 630619