Self-Control Beats Birth Control
Abstinence isn’t about never having sex. It’s about waiting to have the safest and best sex! Postponing sex until you are in a life-long relationship such as marriage can make you risk free, worry free and help you find true love and closeness.
About 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant each year. That’s 1 in 13, or one girl every 40 seconds! Most of these girls are not married. Providing for a child when you’re still in school is difficult. In fact, it costs almost a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child until they are 18. That’s why teen moms often drop out of school and have to rely on welfare. Many never reach their dreams. And most guys don’t stick around when their girlfriends get pregnant. Becoming a parent is easy; being a parent is tough! Babies need a lot more than just food and shelter. Since you and your children deserve the best possible future, wait to have sex. Self-control beats birth control.
Using A Condom Is Not Enough
Condoms are better than nothing, but they’re far from perfect. Condoms don’t make sex “safe,” they just make it less risky. Even if you always use condoms correctly, they can still slip or break. And guess what? Condoms don’t cover everything! Some STIs, like HPV and herpes can be passed by contact with areas not covered by the condom. That’s why “messing around” and oral sex are also risky.
Want protection from STIs? Want protection from more than just infections? A condom can’t protect your heart. Wait to have sex until you are in a life-long relationship such as marriage. If someone truly loves you they won’t pressure you to have sex. Abstinence is about respecting yourself and respecting your partner.
Did you know that every year millions of people get a sexually transmitted infection (STI)? There are over 25 different kinds of STIs. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV are just some of them. They can be uncomfortable, destructive, and gross! You can catch an STI at any age.
Want Real Love And Intimacy?
What builds a meaningful relationship is the time you spend together—talking, doing activities, and getting to know each other. Ask yourself: Does the person you’re with always . . .
- Tell the truth?
- Act responsibly?
- Treat you with respect?
- Like you for who you are, not what you look like?
- Do things for you even when they get nothing in return?
Sex comes when you are able to live out a life-long commitment to another person. It comes when you can provide financially for another person. Financial responsibility is not just being able to buy a pair of jeans at the mall. It’s about paying rent, buying food, and even paying medical bills. Heavy stuff? You bet. But aren’t you worth it?
Most young people who have sex have their reasons. But are they good ones?
Think about it . . .
- “Everyone’s doing it.”
Don’t follow the crowd. Dare to be different.
- “I feel loved.”
Will you feel loved when it’s over and you’re alone?
- “It’s hard to say NO.”
Yeah, but you can do it. Say “No” now to avoid saying “Oh no!” later.
- If I don’t . . . he will leave me.”
Don’t worry if they leave you—worry about what they could leave you with.
- “But it feels good.”
Is one moment of pleasure really worth a life-time of pain?
- “Girls want a guy who is experienced.”
Experienced visiting an STD clinic?
It’s Never Too Late For A New Start
Respect yourself and others will respect you. Tell your date that you are waiting for the best sex. Let them know exactly where your boundaries are. It feels great to make healthy, smart, bold decisions.
So let’s say you choose to go this “abstinence route.” What do you do till you’re in a life-long relationship? Abstinence makes so many options possible. You can finish your education, prepare for your career, play sports, and pursue your dreams. It’s your choice. It’s your life.
- STIs can kill.
- It’s bold.
- It’s worry free.
- It builds trust.
- AIDS doesn’t discriminate.
- Sex is worth waiting for.
- Some scars never heal.
- You are worth waiting for.
- Virginity is given, not lost.
- It’s smart.
- It’s responsible.
- Some STIs are forever.
- It’s honest.
- It’s never too late.
- STIs can hurt.
- It’s risk free.
- It’s effective.
- Your life is valuable.