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Birth Control and STD Prevention

Abstinence

Almost all women and men are abstinent at some time in their lives. It can be a positive way of dealing with sexuality, body, mind, spirit, and sexual health. Sexual energy can be channeled into creative, physical, or intellectual activities.

There are two types of abstinence. Periodic abstinence and continuous abstinence Both prevent pregnancy and keep sperm out of the vagina.

Periodic Abstinence

Women who are familiar with their fertility pattern abstain from vaginal intercourse on the days they think they could become pregnant.

Continuous Abstinence

Continuous abstinence is not having sex play with a partner at all. Continuous abstinence is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Continuous abstinence:

  • has no medical or hormonal side effects
  • is endorsed by many religious groups

Women who abstain from sex until in their 20s, and have very few sexual partners in their lifetimes are less likely to:

  • get sexually transmitted infections
  • become infertile
  • develop cancer of the cervix

Abstinence is often chosen:

  • until the person is ready for a sexual relationship
  • until the person finds the right partner
  • in support of personal, moral, or religious beliefs and values
  • after separating from a partner
  • while getting over a breakup
  • after the death of a partner
  • after an illness or infection
  • to prevent sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy from occurring

Abstinence may be beneficial for young people:

  • to have fun with friends without sexual involvement
  • to pursue school, career, or extracurricular activities

Abstinence can be difficult for some people:

  • especially in a sexual situation
  • if using alcohol and other drugs which affects judgement and decision-making ability.

Contraception Needs

Your contraception needs may change throughout your life. One method may not suit your lifestyle at all times.

Choose a method that will work well for you by taking into account:

  • affordability
  • convenience
  • effectiveness
  • lifestyle
  • prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
  • reversibility
  • safety
  • Click here for a list of contraceptive types

Interesting book on contraception: Estrogeneration: How Estrogenics Are Making You Fat, Sick, and Infertile (Chagrin & Tonic Book 1)

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