Why Wait?

Some reasons for waiting to have sex might include:

  • You want to wait until you're married or in a serious, committed relationship.
  • You want a strong relationship based on friendship and trust -- without the confusion sex can add.
  • Refraining from oral, anal and vaginal sex is the only 100% sure way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.
  • You want to experience other areas of your life before you have a sexual relationship.
  • You're too busy with your job, school, or sports to handle a sexual relationship.
  • You can earn respect from others and from yourself for sticking with the decision that's right for you.

Having control over when you become pregnant is another reason to consider other sexual options. Sex without intercourse is the only absolute method of contraception. Although condoms, IUDs, diaphragms, foam, and the pill all provide various levels of prevention against unintended pregnancy, most are not foolproof. For those seeking intimacy without the potential issue of unintended pregnancy, postponing vaginal sex is a sound choice.