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Abstinence

Abstinence has been utilized for thousands of years as a form of birth control. Abstinence means abstaining from vaginal intercourse and intimate sex without intercourse can provide great fulfillment.

Forms of sexual intimacy can be:

Abstinence from other behaviors may be required for protection from the risk of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
no major health concerns may be difficult to maintain control under pressure
no costpregnancy and transmission of STDs still may occur if couple's genitals touch
no medical examination needed
reduced risk of STD transmission
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