What are the benefits of abstinence? And does abstinence have any side effects?
By Attia @ Planned Parenthood | July 14, 2021, 10:38 p.m.
Abstinence has many benefits. A big benefit is that it’s the only birth control method that’s 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Other benefits of abstinence include:
enjoying your partner’s company without having to deal with a sexual relationship
taking your time or waiting to have sex until you’re ready
fully focusing on school, friends, your job, sports, or other hobbies
healing from trauma or an unhealthy relationship
Another benefit of choosing abstinence is that there are no negative side effects like there can be with other birth control methods. The big thing to keep in mind is whether or not you think you can be successful at being abstinent. If you’re not sure it’ll work for you, it’s a good idea to consider other birth control methods. And remember: only you get to decide if and why it’s the best choice for you.
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