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There are two types of abstinence and both keep you from getting pregnant! Continuous abstinence is not having sex play with a partner at all. Celibacy abstinence is when you have previously had sex, but have now decided to wait for that special person or event. Continuous abstinence is the only one that’s 100 percent effective!

You’re not alone if you decide to abstain! Check out some reasons why others are choosing to abstain from sex:

  • wait until they’re ready for a sexual relationship
  • wait to find the “one”
  • personal, moral, or religious beliefs
  • partner is away
  • a breakup
  • have fun with friends without sexual involvement
  • school, career, or extracurricular activities
  • prevent pregnancy
  • prevent sexually transmitted infection
  • medical advice during an illness or infection

You’re in control more than ever! Check out these options to prevent pregnancy if you’ve decided to have sex.

(Click the images for a description of each)

The Cap MAP or EC Diaphragm The IUD The End


Condoms are the barrier methods that prevent the exchange of bodily fluid, IE blood, semen.

Male condoms help protect from pregnancy, STD’s and are latex or plastic. Male condoms come in different colors, styles and sizes. The male condom slides over the penis and prevents the exchange of fluids and prevents sperm from reaching the female egg.

Allergic to latex? Try Polyurethane condoms! They’re just as effective at preventing STD’s and pregnancy as latex condoms.


  • Check the expiration date on the condom. If it’s past the date, get a new condom.
  • Check the package of the condom for holes, tears, or any sign of damage. To do this, you can fold the package in half – before opening! You should be able to see and feel the pocket of air protecting the condom in its wrapper. If you can’t, get a new condom.
  • Carefully open the condom wrapper (with your fingers, not your teeth!) and remove the condom.
  • Make sure the penis is erect.
  • Place the condom on the head of the penis.
  • Hold the tip of the condom to squeeze out any air and leave space to collect semen.
  • Roll the condom down to the base so the entire penis is covered.
  • Use water-based lubricant to prevent breakage.
  • Have vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
  • Keep the condom on the penis until you are finished having sex, whether ejaculation occurs or not.
  • Hold onto the rim of the condom at the base of the penis and withdraw the penis.
  • Carefully take the condom off the penis.
  • Throw the condom in the garbage, NOT the toilet, the bushes, or under the bed…
  • Use a new condom if you want to have sex again.
  • Not just for males anymore!



Female condoms help protect from pregnancy, STD’s and are non-latex. When inserted correctly, it blocks sperms from connecting with the egg.

Check out some reasons to consider the female condom!

  • share responsibility for preventing infection and pregnancy
  • are easy to buy from drugstores and some supermarkets
  • can be inserted by a partner as part of sex play
  • great for those allergic to latex
  • can be used with oil-based as well as water-based lubricants
  • do not have an effect on a woman’s natural hormones
  • no prescription needed
  • may enhance sex play
  • stays in place whether or not a man maintains his erection

Keep in mind that no contraceptive is 100% proof! Contact us to discuss the risks and which plan is right for you.