Woody Allen once spoke on the delicate topic of contraception. When he asked his date to sleep with him, she said "no." Abstinence ranks among the cheapest forms of contraception and has been utilized for thousands of years.
Abstinence, when used as a form of birth control, only means abstaining from vaginal intercourse, although an individual may well decide to abstain from other behaviors which would put her or him at risk for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Further, deciding whether one should engage in sexual intercourse forces one to weigh cultural, ethical, religious, moral, and psychological factors. "Outercourse," intimate sex without intercourse, can provide great fulfillment. Non-coital forms of sexual intimacy range from holding hands, hugging, kissing, and dancing to mutual masturbation, petting, oral-genital sex and the use of stimulating devices such as vibrators.
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