Is Abstinence a Real Option for Teenage Pregnancy and STDs?

joeldgreat By joeldgreat, 9th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3k8v3u2x/
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Teaching your teenage children the value of abstinence in their effort to avoid the problems associated with early sexual activities.

Introduction

Sexuality is a natural and healthy function of life. From the moment of birth, children learn about love and relationships. As they become older, sexuality becomes a major aspect of their personality. It also plays a significant role in their emotional and social development.

A healthy attitude toward sexuality has a strong impact on the adjustment of an individual in the family and society. Thinking healthily about sexuality promotes wholesome family and inter-personal relationships, and also fosters positive social and sexual behavior. This article aims to provide teenagers some knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to establish healthy relationships and practice safe and healthful behavior. This time, the focus of this article is on the topic about “abstinence”.

What is Abstinence?

Abstinence means not engaging in any sexual activity beyond hugging and light kissing. It also means not touching each others genitals with any part of the body.
Abstinence does not mean giving up one’s sexuality. On the contrary, it is a healthy and responsible way of dealing with it. Abstinence is an option for everyone. Even a person who has already experienced intimate relations can still choose abstinence by waiting to be physically active again.

What are its benifits?

Apart from being the only guaranteed way of avoiding pregnancy, abstinence has other social, emotional, and health benefits. These include:

1. Avoiding the emotional and psychological consequences of early sexual activity, especially if it does not result in a happy and lasting relationship.
2. Preserving one’s good reputation.
3. Avoiding the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
4. Avoiding the costs and side effects of other forms of birth control

The challenge to teenagers

While it is true that maintaining abstinence can prove to be challenging to some teenagers, there are things teens can do to stick to their resolve:

1. Tell your friends and any person you wish to date about your decision and inform them of your limits.
2. Try going out in groups instead of going on one-on-one dates.
3. Avoid any situation that increases the urge to have sex. Avoid music and movies that stimulate sex urges.
4. Pursue other outlets for energy, such as sports, music, art, and academics.
5. Focus on the non-sexual side of dating, such as talking about and sharing common interests and hobbies.

Conclusion

Talking to friends about considering abstinence may be an eye opener to many teenagers. They may be surprised to learn that there are many others who feel the same way as they do and are willing to wait for the time that they are mature enough for the physical, emotional, and psychological demands of a loving relationship.

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Sexuality And Abstinence, Teenage Problem, What Is Astinence

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