Abstinence

Continuous abstinence prevents pregnancy by keeping sperm away from the vagina. Abstinence is the only birth control method that's completely effective when used correctly. Read more.

Abstinence does not protect against HIV or STDs. Always use a condom.

Effectiveness based upon typical use.​

100% Effective
Every Time
Stop anytime; however, if you are thinking of having sex soon consider one of the other birth control methods.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects of abstinence when used continuously.

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KnowWhatUWant.org was developed by the Baltimore City Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative with additional information provided by the Association of Reproductive Health ProfessionalsBedsiderThe National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood. All birth control photography is property of bedsider.org and used with permission.

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