On Tuesday March 1st, Jasmin and I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop for the Sather Health DeCal. They requested us to focus on Intro to Sexual Health with an emphasis on Tang Center services. There were approximately ten people who attended, about an equal amount of men and women, including the facilitators.
For the actual workshop, we opened with demonstrating proper condom use, in order to delve into the different types of condoms (insertive, traditional, someone mentioned ribbed and studded) and also went over dental dam use- another barrier method. We then transitioned into the different types of contraceptives, which included hormonal and non-hormonal. We got several questions on this topic, mostly about how it they worked to prevent pregnancy and the different effects it may have on people. Our final topic was focused on different lubes and how they work with certain products, more specifically trying to emphasize how oil degrades latex. Someone, later, brought up an interesting question on not bleeding when losing virginity when you have enough lube, which is not necessarily true because it is possible for someone to break their hymen, if it is still intact. We ended our workshop with the condom popping activity where we blew up condoms and rubbed the different lubes on them, the purpose being to emphasize the fact that oil and latex should not be used together in order to preserve the effective of the condoms. Finally, before we left we went over a short list of Tang Center services we felt were important to highlight, most of which we had mentioned during the workshop, but just to give an ending list (which we also emailed to the facilitator). A few things we mentioned were the Sexpert clinic on Fridays from 12-3pm, Health-coaching with professionals, and our blog!
Overall, it was a great experience to go out for the first time with a group I did not know at all. They were a fairly quiet group with a few people who participated a fair amount. They were very attentive and welcoming but I wish we could’ve thought of a way to encourage more engagement.