Abstinence means choosing not to have vaginal, oral or anal sexual intercourse. Anybody can be abstinent regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or previous sexual experiences. Even if you have had some type of sexual encounter in the past, you can choose to be abstinent whenever you want.
Make sure to talk with your partner and communicate about what you’re abstaining from because abstinence can mean many different things to different people. Some people believe abstinence means just choosing not to have vaginal intercourse, but allowing oral and anal intercourse. Communicating your values to your partner helps build a healthy, transparent relationship.
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