Abstinence Essay 4

1619 Words Oct 12th, 2010 7 Pages
Abstinence 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.
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Do your best to follow through with your decision until you are in a situation where you are able to think about it and re-assess it with a clear head (and no pressure).
6. Learn About Your Body
Many people have told me that understanding the body and ways to keep it healthy is helpful in maintaining your decision of abstinence. Learn about sexually transmitted infections as not all have cures or treatment. Some STD’s, like Herpes will last your whole life and HIV can lead to AIDS, which can cause death. This can help to reaffirm your decision. Also, research has shown that women who practice abstinence into their 20’s may have specific health advantages over women who do not. Abstinence lowers their likelihood of becoming infertile, developing cervical cancer, and contracting a STD.
7. Educate Yourself About Birth Control and Safe Sex
Although you have chosen to practice abstinence, it is beneficial to know that most people are not prepared to protect themselves against pregnancy or infection when they have chosen to end their abstinence. By learning about the various contraceptive methods available and how to access them, you will be ready should you change your mind.
8. Find out About Emergency Contraception
It is very important that you find out, now, about emergency birth control options just incase you have sexual intercourse when you were not planning to or expect to. Your intention may be to practice abstinence; however, sometimes it is very hard to
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