Sexual abstinence is a healthy option for young people

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In past years when I volunteered for a non profit society at a booth at the teachers convention, I had teachers come up to me from Edmonton Public junior high schools raving about the abstinence presentation their students had been given. It was not the group I was representing.

At those same conferences, I had numerous conversations with high school counsellors who said they felt the sexual activity of young people was exaggerated. They stated that teens filling out surveys are more likely to fill in that they are sexually active when they are not because they do not want to appear to be geeks or losers.

It is a pity these high school students do not know that a survey done in the states showed that teens that had a plan for after high school were the ones that were less likely to be sexually active and were neither geeks or losers.

From a young age our children are bombarded by misleading sexual messages primarily in the media. Encouraging abstinence is a positive healthy alternative to what they are seeing.

According to Dr. Miriam Grossman, in early puberty there is only one layer of protective cells on a girl’s cervix. This makes young women even more susceptible to sexually transmitted infections. By her mid-20s, these protective cells are multi-layered.

Under optimum circumstances, condoms have a ten percent failure rate. I doubt the effectiveness of condoms increases when users are also using drugs, alcohol, or trying to get the “deed” done before parents get home from work. I also understand that the erection of a young teen male is not necessarily the size of an adult male and “slippage” may be more of a problem.

People in their 20s may find it difficult and stressful to deal with an unplanned pregnancy or the changes in lifestyle they have to make when facing a life-long STI.

Abstinence is both mentally and physically healthy for young people.

Anne Wansink, St. Albert

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