Anytime is the Right Time for Abstinence

For most people abstinence is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about birth control. I remember learning about birth control in school and thinking to myself:  abstinence – I get it – you just don’t have sex, simple. It wasn’t until my young adult years that I learned just how it important it was to always keep abstinence in my back pocket.

Here’s a quick refresher. Abstinence is not having sex, whether it’s vaginal, oral, and or anal sex. It is the only birth control method that is 100% in preventing pregnancy and STI’s when used consistently (and consistently means all the time!).  A bonus is that it doesn’t cost anything to use.  For abstinence to work, you do need to have good communication with and support from your partner.  Keeping with your plan for abstinence can have some challenges  – after all, we are all human.  To help out, we have a few tips to guide you on your course.

People choose to be abstinent for many reasons, but I am here to remind you that you can choose to abstain from sex at any point in your life! You heard me, even after you have become sexually active, you can practice abstinence over and over again.

People choose to not have sex for all kinds of reasons:  a relationship just ended and a break makes sense; waiting for the right time; or because it is the way you’re choosing to prevent pregnancy and STIs.  These are situations and circumstances faced at any point in life, no matter your age.  Deciding to be sexually active is your choice and always your choice.   Just remember that abstinence is always an option for you to use.
When you make the decision to become sexually active, if you’re not ready to be a parent yet be sure to use birth control that’s right  for you – and condoms to protect against STIs. There are a lot of options out there for you to choose from – check them out before you take that step.