Why Abstinence? Why Should I Control My Hormones?

Why Should I Control My Hormones? Because… No risks or side-effects of "the pill", "the shot", the IUD, or other contraceptives. No chance of getting a Sexually Transmitted Disease No chance of getting pregnant It's Honest: I can be a good role model for my friends and family I won’t resent doing something I really don’t want to do I won't have to worry that someone will find out what I did I’ll respect myself    1 million teenage girls get pregnant every year (averages to 20,000 per state) 3 million teens get an STD every year (averages to 60,000 per state) One of every 4 new cases of HIV is a teen — AIDS doesn’t care how old I am. Do I want to risk having full-blown AIDS for my 25th birthday? Some STDs stay forever; some STDs can kill.  I can deny the risks; but… I only have one future…       Less stress No worry of pregnancy No worry of STD infection (providing I’m also drug-free) Fewer things to disagree about Easier to stay emotionally and physically healthy Peace of mind I’ll know I’m loved for ME, not just for my body Better control over my life It’ll be less painful if we break up later It will be easier to tell my future spouse about my past So I'll have time …to learn about my feelings, and about me …to spend with all my friends, and make lots of new friends …to learn about relationships and how to show love without the complications of sex …to talk and develop fuller communication with my dates...