Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective – in both preventing pregnancies and most sexually transmitted infections. If you choose to be abstinent, then you have decided not to have any type of sexual relations. Learn some of the reasons why people choose to abstain as well as the benefits from this behavior. Discover the difference between continuous and complete abstinence. Read advice on how to stay abstinent and when to make the decision about using abstinence as your contraceptive method. Possible pitfalls people face when choosing this method are also examined.
Abstinence is the only birth control method that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Being abstinent includes the practice of voluntarily refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity. Most people are abstinent at some point in their lives. Tips on maintaining abstinence
Some people define abstinence as a well thought-out choice regarding one's mind, body, and sexual health. It can be a positive way of dealing with sexuality and/or resolving feelings about sexual intimacy stemming from religious or moral beliefs. It is your decision to practice Abstinence. You are the one in control, and you always have the choice to decide to hold off from having a sexual relationship. Abstinence is the only contraceptive that is 100% effective from preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. In a relationship, abstinence will only work when both partners agree to it. Remember, that in time, your relationship may change; your decision to be abstinent may change as well – this, too, is okay. The choice is always yours! 1. Decide What You Want to Do About Sex
It is important that you decide what you want to do about sex at a time when you are feeling clearheaded, sober, and good about yourself. Try to be clear about your reasons for wanting to practice abstinence. This way, if you find yourself in a sexual situation, it helps to be able to remind yourself why you made the decision to be abstinent. -------------------------------------------------
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It is helpful to decide in advance what sexual activities (if any) you would be willing to participate in. Take time to consider exactly what being abstinent will mean for you. It is also beneficial to plan (in advance) how you will say "no" to sexual activities. Think about behavioral cues or words that will convey your decision (even practice saying your decision out loud). 3. Talk to Your Partner
Make sure you tell your partner, clearly and in advance, what you are not willing to participate in. Try to have this discussion before things get sexual as it may be difficult to be clear about what you want when you are aroused. Be honest about your feelings and values as well as being straightforward about the limits you are setting. 4. Avoid “High-Pressure” Situations
Try to stay away from situations where it may be hard to say no (such as an empty house or the backseat of a car). It is also helpful to stay sober and clearheaded (as using alcohol or drugs may cloud your decision and judgment). Be aware of settings which could potentially challenge your decision to remain abstinent and make a plan on how to avoid these situations. 5. Say “No” Like You Mean it!
If you find yourself in a compromising situation, say “no” clearly and mean it. Abstinence may be particularly challenging in times like these. Try to remember your plan on how to say “no” forcefully. If you find yourself wavering, think about the consequences of your behavior and the reasons why you choose to be...
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