What is Abstinence?

The definition of abstinence varies from person to person, but can include not engaging in oral, anal or vaginal sex. Abstinence from vaginal/anal sex is the only form of birth control that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence from oral, anal, and vaginal sex also protects people against STIs.

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