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How to Get Free Condoms

When used consistently and correctly, condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. Condoms are also the only way, besides choosing not to have sex, to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Click here to learn more about how to use condoms and dental dams (and why they're effective).

The Office of Health Promotion offers a variety of free and low-cost ways for UT students to get condoms conveniently and reliably:

Condom Bowls

Students can get 3 free Healthyhorns Play Safe wrapped condoms and lubricant every day during business hours from the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) in SSB 1.106. The Office of Health Promotion is open Monday-Friday from 8am - 5 pm. Free condoms are also available in bowls in the Gender and Sexuality Center (SAC 2.112), the Multicultural Engagement Center (SAC 1.102), and the Center for Students in Recovery (BEL 222).

Condom Distribution

Healthyhorns Peer Educators distribute condoms around high-traffic areas on campus. Their schedule varies week to week, so look out for the students in the Healthyhorns shirts!

Healthyhorns Play Safe Post

Healthyhorns Play Safe Post invites residents of all on-campus residence halls to request a free package of 5 condoms and lubricant, delivered weekly in discreet envelopes. Request condoms just once, or come back every week and order more.

Healthyhorns Safer Sex Ambassador

Need a larger quantity of condoms to maintain a condom bowl in your residence hall or distribute during a presentation? Want to stock up for personal use? The Healthyhorns Safer Sex Ambassador program allows individual students to request 50 condoms for just $10.

RAs and student organizations can request up to 200 condoms for $40 ($10 per 50 condoms). Event funds may be used to cover the cost.

condom package and dental damStudents can pick up 1 free internal condom (also known as a female condom) and 1 free dental dam every day during business hours from the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) in SSB 1.106. The Office of Health Promotion is open Monday-Friday from 8am - 5pm. Dental dams and internal condoms are also sold at the 40 Acres Pharmacy, on the first floor of SSB.

The Office of Health Promotion currently stocks regular sized latex, lightly lubricated Crown brand condoms. If you have a latex allergy or would like to try out a different size or brand, please visit the Forty Acres Pharmacy on the first floor of the SSB. They stock a great selection of condoms and lube at discounted prices!

Fertility Myths, Busted

Myth: You can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period.

Fact: Yes, you can! Pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. But the whole process doesn’t happen instantly after sex—it can take up to 6 days for sperm to fertilize an egg, and another 6-10 days before the egg fully implants.

Myth: Period tracking apps can accurately predict when you or your partner will be fertile.

Fact: A 2016 study found that only 6 apps (out of 95 available) accurately predicted fertile windows. Fertility awareness methods depend on a variety of daily measurements, including internal temperature readings and cervical mucus levels. Almost all of the period tracking apps studied were ignoring data users entered and using a one-size-fits-all calendar-based algorithm to incorrectly forecast fertile windows.

Myth: Contraception doesn’t significantly decrease the risk of pregnancy.

Fact: 85% of people will get pregnant within a year if they aren’t using any form of contraception. Compare that to the failure rate of IUDs (less than 1%) or the NuvaRing (around 9% with typical use), and you’ll see that contraception makes a big difference.

Learn more about fertility and contraception:

Pulling Out: How effective is it, really?

Contraception for College Students Video Series

Birth Control Myths

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