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Sexual health and identity

The concept of sexual health encompasses many perspectives, such as pleasure, consent, safety and identity, but also physical health in terms of the absence of sexually transmitted diseases. At the Student Health Centre, we understand that sexual health is fundamental to the general health and well-being of students.

What is sexual health?

The Student Health Centre works according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of sexual health: a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.   

Good sexual health means that you have the possibility to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences when you want – free of coercion, discrimination and violence. In order for this to happen, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled. 

Sexual health can vary throughout the course of a person’s life and may be affected by various factors, e.g. stress, low mood and illnesses. 

Sexual health-related issues or problems may involve:

  • relationships 
  • prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • loss of libido
  • painful intercourse
  • intimacy issues
  • worry/concerns over gender identity or sexual orientation
  • risk-taking/sexual risk-taking behaviour 
  • erectile dysfunction.

You are welcome to make an appointment at the Student Health Centre if you need guidance on how to find the right health care service to help you with these types of problems.

Make an appointment at the Student Health Centre

Pregnancy tests and contraceptive advice

Do you need advice or help finding a method of contraception? Or do you need to take a pregnancy test? If so, get in touch with someone from Region Skåne’s Midwife Clinic. If you are under the age of 23, you can also turn to your closest Youth Guidance Centre.

*If you wish to see the results for a specific municipality, for example Lund, you can type in the name of that municipality in the first search field, 'Var vill du söka?' and click 'Sök'.

If you have unprotected vaginal intercourse and want to reduce the risk of pregnancy, you can take an emergency morning after pill. You can buy the morning after pill at a pharmacy without a prescription.

Help and support on issues concerning sexual health

Below you will find a range of services that you can turn to for information or support regarding sexual health issues.

You will find information on contraception and how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases on the NHS website. You can also find out more about libido, erectile dysfunction and other issues.

Information on sexual health on the NHS website

P6 (Project Sex) is an independent student organisation at Lund University that works to promote sexual health among students. They offer workshops, courses and hand out free condoms.

Project Sex website

RFSL is the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights. You can turn to them to get involved in these matters or meet like-minded individuals. They also offer counselling if you have been subject to harassment, threats or violence because of your sexual orientation.

Information about RFSL on their website

RFSU Malmö is a local association that is committed to pursuing a knowledge-based and open approach to sexuality and relationships. RFSU is a professional, objective and non-profit organisation that works to raise awareness and shape opinion on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In addition, they offer sex therapy and counselling if required. You also have the opportunity to become a member and get involved in your local community.

Information about RFSU Malmö on their website

The Youth Guidance Centre, UMO (from ungdomsmottagning in Swedish), has a website aimed at young people between 13 and 25 years old. You can find information on sex, health and relationships on UMO’s website. UMO, which also has clinics in e.g. Lund and Malmö, is financed by all the regions in Sweden. The multilingual Youmo website is aimed at newly arrived young people who speak a language other than Swedish.

Visit Youmo’s website

Sexually transmitted infections and testing

Sexually transmitted diseases are infections spread through unprotected sex. The most common types of infection in Sweden are chlamydia, gonorrhoea and herpes. You should test yourself for sexually transmitted diseases if you have had unprotected sex. In some cases you may experience symptoms, such as abnormal discharge or a burning sensation when you urinate. However, you can also have a sexually transmitted disease and not experience any symptoms. 

There are several places in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg where you can get tested for sexually transmitted diseases free of charge. You can also order a self-test kit online free of charge. To help you find the right care, we have compiled a list of clinics in the cities mentioned above.

Keep in mind that you should wait at least one week after exposure before getting tested. Testing is done through a urine sample or a vaginal swab. If you are going to provide a urine sample, it is important not to urinate for at least one hour before the test.

If you have symptoms and/or want to test yourself for sexually transmitted diseases, we ask that you contact one of the following:

Issues relating to gender identity

If you have questions or concerns about transgender, gender identity or gender-affirming care, you can turn to Newcomers Youth. They focus on gender identity issues and are part of RFSL and RFSL Youth and work outside of the health care system. 

Visit Newcomers Youth's website and find out what they offer

The Centre for Sexual Health in Malmö is the clinical unit within Region Skåne that is responsible for dealing with issues related to gender identity for adults.  

Contact information for the Centre for Sexual Health in Malmö (in Swedish)

Contact information

Student Health Centre
Telephone:
+46 (0)46-222 43 77

Reception phone hours:
Monday–Wednesday and Friday, 08:30–09:30
Thursday, 08:30–09:00

Subject to temporary changes.

Visiting address:
Sandgatan 3
Lund

Postal address:
Lund University
Student Health Centre
Box 117
221 00 Lund

Find the Student Health Centre on Google Maps

For students at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH):

In addition to the Student Health Centre, you can also turn to psychological counsellors at LTH.

Contact details for psychological counsellors at LTH – LTH website

For doctoral students: 

Turn to the Occupational Health Service – Staff Pages

For employees, student union representatives or representatives of another organisation:

Information about the Student Health Centre – Staff Pages