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Abstinence

No sexual activity that may result in the exchange of body fluids taking place.

Partners agree not to participate in sexual activity.

Effectiveness

  • 100%
  • This is the only 100% method of birth control.

Pros

  • Encourages communication in the relationship
  • Abstinence encourages the use of other ways to please each other sexually
  • Is a good method for the start of a relationship

Cons

  • Partners need to agree with what is involved with abstinence
  • Hard to stop foreplay from leading to sex
  • Always need to have condoms available

Abstinence is the most effective method in reducing the risk of pregnancy, STI’s/HIV.

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