Abstinence may have different meanings for different people. In order for abstinence to be 100 percent effective, you should avoid any sexual contact that puts you at risk for STIs, HIV, and/or unplanned pregnancy.
Individuals may choose to be abstinent for many reasons:
Some individuals may choose to be abstinent, regardless of whether or not they have been sexually active in the past. Abstinence is a personal choice that should be respected.
Abstinence, when practiced correctly, is the most effective way to keep safe from unplanned pregnancy, STIs, and HIV. Abstinence requires self-control and commitment. If you want to practice abstinence, ask yourself a few questions:
Abstinence works best when both partners agree to it and maintain open communication. For more information on communication download the How Can I Communicate Better fact sheet, provided by loveisrespect.org.
Sources: Love Is Respect, Planned Parenthood, Women's Health, CDC, MayoClinic
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