Sexuality, sexual and gender identity

Becoming pregnant at University

Becoming pregnant while you are student can place additional pressures on you. Whether the pregnancy is planned or unplanned and/or unwanted will greatly effect how you feel.

The Student Counselling Service is happy to support you as you process the news, plan for the impact and where necessary make choices. We would also recommend that you visit your GP as soon as you are able and register with the Student Health Service if possible.

In addition there is information below about local agencies who can offer support and advice.

Sexual identity and sexual problems

Sexuality describes the way a person expresses themselves as a sexual being. It describes how important sexual expression is in a person's life; how they choose to express that sexuality and any preference they may have towards the type of sexual partner they choose.

Research suggests that there is a huge variety of sexual expression: the way we choose to behave sexually is usually both individual and complex; it rarely falls into neat categories or lends itself to simple labelling.

The term ‘sexuality’ often refers to the relational gender of the chosen sexual partner. While this may be a restrictive definition, it can give people who do not feel they share the major assumptions of the dominant heterosexual mainstream the voice, pride and sense of validation that comes from discovering an identity and a shared experience with others.

Like many of our other characteristics, sexuality remains an unexplained expression of our individual nature.  Even though it may be formed by the time we reach teenage years, it may be many years before we understand and accept our sexuality.

Sometimes the opportunity to explore these issues with another person, can help us clarify our own feelings and thoughts around our sexual identity and preferences.

Dealing with sexual problems

A common approach to dealing with problems concerning sexual identity or practise involves a 3-stage process:

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