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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.

What is Abstinence
Definition of abstinence. What behaviors count as being abstinent?

Tips on Maintaining Abstinence
It is your decision to practice Abstinence. You are the one in control. Here are 8 tips to help you maintain your decision and increase your chances for successfully being abstinent.

Tips for Successfully Being Abstinent
What about being abstinent do you find most difficult? Please share your abstinence stories.

Abstinence Effectiveness
A comparison of the effectiveness of all natural birth control methods, with specific information pertaining to abstinence. Discover how abstaining compares to other birth control options.

What Do You Think About Sex Education in the Classroom?
It is no secret that the effectivenss of abstinence-only education has been openly challenged, and the recent results from a multi-year study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that these programs do not have an impact on sexual abstinence of youth. What do you think? Is it time to put some sexy back into sex education?

How To Say NO to Sex
Learn how to tell somebody you are interested in that you aren't ready to have sex. 15 steps, from About's Teen Advice Guide, that you can follow to get your message across.

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