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Abstinence

100% effective the most effective way of preventing pregnancy, STIs and HIV

Description

Abstinence is the avoidance of sexual intercourse.

How it Works

Sexual intercourse and all sexual activities that lead to an exchange of body fluids are avoided.

Advantages

  • Free and available to all
  • It is a good method at the beginning of a relationship to test understanding and feelings

Drawbacks

  • Requires good communication and an agreement that both partners will stay abstinent
  • Leaves partners at a risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections if unplanned sex occurs