Q&A: Is It Too Late For Abstinence?

Just as people have different definitions of what it means to “have sex” – in other words, whether “sex” is defined as oral, vaginal or anal sex, there are also varied definitions of abstinence. That said, a common understanding of abstinence suggests that one can absolutely be abstinent even if they have had sex in the past.

Study: Abstinence Pledges Ineffective

A study published in the January issue of Pediatrics found that teenagers who made pledges to remain abstinent until marriage were just as likely to have non-marital sex, but less likely to use condoms or other forms of birth control once they did start having sex.

Study Finds Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Not Effective

A research study examining results of 13 abstinence-only education programs involving 15,940 young people found that abstinence-only programs had “no significant effect” in increasing or decreasing risky behavior including delaying sexual initiation, reducing unprotected sex, or in preventing pregnancy