Birth Control Behavioral Methods (cont.)
Continuous abstinence is completely refraining from sexual intercourse. There are no hormonal side effects, and abstinence is endorsed by many religious groups.
It is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, and it also prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Women who are abstinent until their 20s and have few partners are less likely to get STDs, become infertile, or develop cervical cancer. Abstinence costs nothing.
Abstinence may be difficult for some couples to maintain. It is important to discuss this decision with your partner before sexual situations arise.
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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