What is it? How does it work?
Abstinence is when a person makes a conscious decision to not engage in any type of sex, and follows through with this decision. Saying no to sex takes discipline, good communication skills, and support. It can be made easier by avoiding tempting situations, communicating with your partner, and exploring other sexual options you might enjoy (kissing, holding hands, hand to genital contact).
How effective is it?
100% effective if you do not engage in any sexual activity—you just need a lot of will power!
What are the side effects?
None. But it can be difficult to maintain!
Does it protect me against sexually transmitted infections?
If you do not engage in oral, vaginal, anal, or genital to genital sex, your chances of getting an STI are pretty slim.