The act of not allowing oneself to engage in some or all kinds of sexual activity is called sexual abstinence. It could be for medical, social, legal, psychological, philosophical or religious reasons. Most people practice abstinence at some point in their life after puberty.
With regards to birth control, abstinence is the only method, which is 100 per cent effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy as well as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The debate rages between promoters of abstinence-only sex education and those, who prefer a comprehensive sex education policy with information on birth control and safe sex. According to the promoters, abstinence is the only way out from the problem of unwanted pregnancies and STDs. They believe that all other methods are bound to fail, so, why take a risk at all. Thus, they say it is proper to instruct the teens to abstain from sex till marriage.
In countries which have high rates of teen pregnancy and STDs, such as USA, many abstinence-only sex education programmes are active there. They also try to instil moral values stating that it is morally unjustified to have sex before marriage. The main target of such programmes is the youth, particularly teens.
Advantages of Sexual Abstinence
A lot of young people as well as adults are looking to turn a new leaf in their life, by resolving to abstain from sex. Their reasons vary but even some people, who have had sex before, have started to resolve not to have sex. Most of them have some emotional or physical concerns, leading them to this decision.
The level of abstinence that a person aspires to have varies. It could mean:
These approaches have different benefits, such as:
Injunctions on sexual acts are a part of every religion and more or less every society. Complete sexual abstinence is also practiced for varying reasons.
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