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Abstinence

Other Methods of Birth Control

How does it work?

  • Decision to not have anal, oral or vaginal sex
  • Need to decide on your sexual limits and talk about them with your partner
  • May wish to avoid situations where you feel pressured or unable to stick to your limits

Advantages

  • 100% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Can protect against STIs (depending on your limits and other activities)
  • No need to see a doctor or health care provider
  • No cost

Disadvantages

  • May need to confront the pressure from friends and partner
  • May feel like you do not “fit in”
  • May feel an inability to express some aspects of sexuality or relationship