The current study examined adolescent conceptualizations of virginity and abstinence and whether differences in adolescent definitions of these terms differed by age, gender, ethnicity, and sexual experience. A series of logistic regressions were conducted to examine whether gender, age, ethnicity and sexual experience predicted whether adolescents believed that an individual was still a virgin or abstinent after engaging in genital touching, oral sex, vaginal intercourse, or anal sex. Findings indicated that loss of virginity was linked primarily with vaginal and anal intercourse. While greater proportion of adolescents attributed a loss of abstinence to lower genital touching and oral sex behaviors as well, significant variability emerged in how abstinent behavior was defined. Sexual experience was the strongest predictor of how adolescents defined virginity and abstinence.
Does abstinence include anal sex?
Sexual Health/Abstinence - Wikibooks, open books for an open world
Sexual abstinence or sexual restraint is the practice of refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity for medical, psychological, legal, social, financial, philosophical, moral, or religious reasons. Asexuality is distinct from sexual abstinence; and celibacy is sexual abstinence generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs. Abstinence may be voluntary when an individual chooses not to engage in sexual activity due to moral, religious, philosophical, etc. The ancient world discouraged promiscuity for both health and social reasons. Throughout history, and especially prior to the 20th century, there have been those who have held that sexual abstinence confers numerous health benefits. For males, lack of abstinence was thought to cause a reduction of vitality.
Defining virginity and abstinence: Adolescents’ interpretations of sexual behaviors
Click to talk to a trained teen volunteer. Just like other aspects of your sexuality, abstinence is a personal choice. Abstinence means many things to many people. Sometimes the pressure to be abstinent can be as strong as the pressure to have sex. In the same way that no one should force you to have sex, no one should force you to be abstinent.
Abstinence is the simplest form of birth control. If two people don't have sex, sperm can't fertilize an egg and there's no possibility of pregnancy. Other forms of birth control:. A person doesn't have to be a virgin to practice abstinence.