October 28th, 2016
Now a day celibacy from sex is becoming quite a trend. Besides avoiding pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, people are practicing sexual celibacy for other reasons as well. There are different definitions for sexual celibacy or abstinence. Some people believe that sexual celibacy refers to restriction or avoidance of all kinds of sex including vaginal, anal and oral while others believe that celibacy refers to restriction of vaginal sex only. Kissing, cuddling and other intimacy acts are also considered a part of sexual abstinence for some people.
Denial to vaginal sex only can prevent unwanted pregnancies but for STD prevention, one should practice caution and care while maintaining anal and oral sexual relations with strangers as well. For example, it has been observed that females who refrain themselves from engaging in sexual relations during teenage are less likely to catch sexually transmitted infections, later in their life. Similarly, men who avoid sex at younger age are less likely to contract STDs. Besides minimizing the risk of STDs, sexual celibacy is also helpful at reducing the risk of complications associated with STDs such as pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical or genital cancer etc.
Sexual celibacy is becoming common in both virgin teenagers and adults who were sexually active at some point of their life. However, both have different reasons behind it. Usually younger people adapt celibacy to avoid pregnancies and STDs, but adults who have lost their virginity practice sexual abstinence due to various reasons including:
Making decision for sexual celibacy is easy, but sticking to it can be quite difficult especially when there are people around you provoking all the time to get indulged in sexual fun. For successful continuation of sexual abstinence, one should:
Extreme desire for sex can be a downside of sexual celibacy. Self-restriction for longer time period can heighten the “cravings” which may lead to sudden and unsafe sex! If someone wants to resume their sexual activities, they must be very careful and should consider other birth controlling methods.