Choosing to practice abstinence is a very important decision especially in our children’s generation today where having sexual intercourse with someone is not uncommon anymore.
What is sexual abstinence?
Abstinence is not having sex. A person who decides to practice abstinence has chosen not to be sexually active.
How does abstinence work?
Abstinence is the simplest form and the most effective form of birth control. If two people do not have sex, the sperm cannot fertilize an egg and there is no possibility of pregnancy. Other forms of birth control depend on the barriers that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg (such as condoms or diaphragms) or they interfere with the menstrual cycle (such as birth control pills). Although many other methods can have high rates of success if used properly, they can also fail occasionally.
Protection against STDs
Abstinence protects people against STDs as well. Some STDs can be spread through oral-genital sex, anal sex, or even intimate skin-to-skin contact without actual penetration. Avoiding all types of intimate genital contact – called complete abstinence – is the only way to guarantee complete protection against STDs.
Because someone practicing complete abstinence does not have any type of intimate sexual contact, including oral sex, there is no risk of passing on an STD.
Who practices abstinence?
Not having sex may seem easy because it’s not doing anything. But peer pressure and things teens see on TV and in the movies can make the decision to practice abstinence more difficult. If it seems like everybody else is having sex, some teens may feel they have to do it, too, just to be accepted. Help your kids understand that kidding or pressure from friends, a girlfriend, a boyfriend, or even the media shouldn’t push them into something that’s not right for them.
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