Safe Sex VS Abstinence

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When we look at safe sex vs abstinence, abstinence has always and will always win. Abstinence is the only one hundred percent effective form of birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In many religions, abstinence is taught to children starting at a very young age. However, the majority of teens do not practice abstinence, so the next best thing is educating them about safe sex and hoping that they listen and actually practice safe sex.

Abstinence in the 21st Century

Every sex education class teaches the lesson on safe sex vs abstinence. In all cases, abstinence is preached to the students for good reason. Not only does abstaining from sexually intercourse keep young girls and boys from becoming parents way to early in life, it protects them physically from sexually transmitted diseases that could untimely end their lives. In addition, the emotional trauma that can be caused to teenagers with raging hormones does not even take into consideration how emotional a sexual experience can be. Boys get a reputation of “using girls and losing them” while girls get a reputation of “being easy.” In many cases, sex is just sex for some teens and for the girl or boy that thought it meant more that could be emotionally traumatizing and actually cause sexual dysfunction later in life.

Safe Sex in the 21st Century

Almost all sex education teachers and parents feel like they are talking to a wall when taking to teens about safe sex vs abstinence. The teens sit quietly appearing to be listening and understanding what is being said to them but very few actually hear the words. When teens chose not to abstain from sex, the next best thing is safe sex. By safe sex we mean a combination of birth control pills and condoms.

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