Why Choose Abstinence?
If you have decided to not engage in sexual activity, then you have made a very smart decision. Many teens make the choice to remain abstinent for many different reasons. If you are currently engaging in sexual activity, it is not too late to stop and practice abstinence.
- Pregnancy – Taking care of a baby is very time consuming, and expensive. The teen years are very important because these years are used to explore and form your own identity. This is the time to plan for your future and think about who you want to be and what you want to do (college, career, marriage, etc.)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) – Condoms are not 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs. In fact, condoms can break and most people do not store them properly, which decreases their effectiveness.
- A Broken Heart – Having sex with someone is not a guarantee that they are going to stay with you or love you. Many times, teens (and adults) use manipulation to get sex, which often results in damaged self-esteem or emotional trauma.
- Poor Judgment - The teenage brain is underdeveloped. The part of the brain that is responsible for decision making isn’t fully developed until the mid 20s. Teens are affected by stress more than adults, which often results in an “act first, think later” behavior pattern. This behavior is made worse by the hormonal changes that occur during adolescence.
- Damaged Reputation – The internet and text messaging are often used to destroy the lives of other people by revealing personal information and spreading rumors. Engaging in sexual activity puts you at risk of having the other person take a private moment and make it public. This means that anyone with access to the internet or a cell phone will have access to your personal life. It is VERY common for people (regardless of age) to post their sexual encounters on the Internet. Once something is on the Internet, it’s there permanently.