You may think of abstinence as "Just say no" or "Wait until marriage". These thoughts are your choice and you should stick to them.Abstinence can also mean waiting to choose the right person, time and place to have sex. A decision to abstain may be for an evening or for years, or any time in-between. Abstinence can mean total abstinence from sexual intercourse, but hugging and kissing are okay. Abstinence could even include some intimate caresses. It might allow for everything except sexual intercourse. Any of these are healthy choices.Before you become physically involved in a relationship, ask yourself the following questions. If you have trouble answering them, talk with a friend or someone you can trust. Talking about the issues can help you figure out what you want to do.
Abstinence is a choice. It's a choice that can be made at any time. It can be a lifelong choice, or one that lasts until the time for having sex is right for you.
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