When you’re a student, chances are you’ll be meeting all sorts of interesting people. Sometimes you’ll want to form a relationship with them, at other times you might be interested in a one-night stand. Whether you are straight or gay, the same rule applies: ensure you practice safe sex at all times. It is never worth taking a risk for ‘just one night’ since that could be the night that you’re caught out. Apart from the risk of pregnancy for women, both men and women face the same risk of STIs. Even if you think you know the person you are with, you should still not take a risk. Of course, if you are in a committed and trusted long-term relationship the risks should be lower, but still, wearing a condom can never hurt. There have just been too many situations where otherwise extremely sensible individuals get caught out. So what tips are there to ensure the practice of safe sex? Mainly, wear a condom (or ensure your partner is wearing one!). If you’re a woman, you can also take the contraceptive pill for extra protection. But remember: the pill will only protect you against pregnancy, not the spread of STIs. The advantage of taking the pill and using a condom is that if the condom should split, at least you are still protected against an unwanted pregnancy. Never listen to a guy who claims wearing a condom is uncomfortable; even if that were true, it’s tough. Clearly this guy doesn’t care about you at all and therefore you shouldn’t want to be with him anyway. Go out and have a good time for sure, but do so carefully.
As a student, it’s so easy to forget to eat properly. But for optimum health, it’s so important. What’s good to look at (even at a relatively young age) is your family history. If you have a mother and grandmother for example who suffered from osteoporosis then you want to keep your calcium levels elevated. Even if you have no symptoms of brittle bones or problem teeth, chances are, as you age, you will. So in this case, you can enrich your diet with calcium in a relatively easy way. Good sources of the mineral include: dairy produce, tahini, sesame seeds, spinach, broccoli. No matter what your taste buds enjoy, there are dozens of recipes on the Internet these days that will tempt them somehow. Taking a calcium supplement isn’t a bad idea either, but do not think it is in place of the calcium-enriched diet. Take notes from a proper physician on what the best supplement would be. You can even do an early detection test for osteoporosis if it is in your family, but the best thing to do is take preventive measures, like adding it to your diet earlier rather than later.