What is it?
Sexual abstinence is undoubtedly the most effective method of birth control
- choosing to refrain from sexual intercourse will prevent both pregnancy
and sexually transmitted diseases (do remember though that other forms
of sexual intimacy such as oral sex can be the source of STD’s).
Although sexual abstinence may seem like an impossible feat for some,
it is practiced worldwide by many who choose alternate ways to achieve
closeness with their partner.
Why choose sexual abstinence?
Humans have the ability to link emotions with sexual behavior, to engage
in monogamous relationships, to decide on the number of children they
desire, and to opt for the method of birth control that suits their beliefs,
values and lifestyle, one of which is sexual abstinence.
Chastity is often a choice related to religious belief. Many sects do
not engage in pre-marital sex, and women as well as men ‘save’
themselves for their wedding night. Some find great merit in waiting until
vows of commitment are exchanged. Certain religions view any form of birth
control, other than sexual abstinence, as sinful.
Sexual abstinence is somewhat liberating as you never have to worry about
whether or not the condom will break, or whether or not you forgot to
take your contraceptive pill. You are always 100% sure that you are both
STD and pregnancy-free.
Why decline sexual abstinence?
Some people would argue that the practice of sexual abstinence before
marriage is not a good idea, that a couple should know whether or not
they are sexually compatible before they tie the knot. The promise of
a lifetime union is an important decision in life - should not all aspects
of such a commitment be examined before marriage? Another contemporary
belief is that the well-being of our bodies and minds is related to the
pleasure of sexual intimacy and intercourse.