There are absolutely no side effects to abstinence. In fact, abstinence is the only way to provide 100% protection against unwanted pregnancy and STDs. While it can be difficult, abstinence is definitely possible for anyone. Side effects of STDs are often painful, and embarrassing, and in some cases, there is no treatment. 

While some people may claim that there are safe ways to have sex outside of a marriage, this is not the reality. According to the CDC, the only way to prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV is by restraining yourself from engaging in oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse.

It has been known that people are more satisfied and healthier when they engage in sex in traditional marriage and it is considered the absolute best form of safe sex. Furthermore, many people are not honest about the number of emotional complications that are added to a relationship when you become sexually active. It is not something to be entered into casually. 

Many women feel cheapened after entering too quickly into sexual relationships or allowing pressure from their boyfriends to overcome their reservations. This can create insecurities, and feelings of regret that might last for years.  Please be sure to seek plenty of advice from people who care and can give you a more informed outlook on what it means to make this decision. Choices is here to help!