2Choosing abstinenceHealth Stats Who has the most influence on a teen’s decisions about sex? The graph shows how some teens responded to this question.
3Physical Attraction and Dating Another name for feelings of intense attraction to another person is infatuation.Although these feelings can sometimes be overwhelming, they are normal and healthy for teenagers.Dating is typically the way that teenagers get to know people to whom they are attracted.By dating someone, you can learn about his or her personality, interests, abilities, and values.
4Risks of Sexual Intimacy Sexual intimacy is not risk free.The risks include1.the effect on your emotional health2. the effect on your relationship3. the risk of pregnancy4. the risk of sexually transmitted infections
5Effect on Emotional Health A decision to become sexually involved may go against a person’s values.The person may feelguilty or ashamedLose self-respect
6Effect on Your Relationship Sexual intimacy can affect each partner’s expectationsOne partner may expect to have sex whenever the couple is together, while the other partner may not.
7Risk of PregnancyA teenage pregnancy can pose serious health problems for the baby and the mother.Babies born to young mothers are often smaller and less healthy than those born to older women.Teenage mothers are more likely to have health problems during pregnancy than women in their twenties.Young people are aware of the problems teenage parents face, but they often don’t think that pregnancy can happen to them.1 in 6 teenage girls who engage in sexual intercourse becomes pregnant.
8Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections Some infections can be passed, or transmitted, from one person to another during sexual activity.Some STIs can cause infertility, or the inability to have children.Others shorten a person’s life or require medical treatment throughout a person’s life.
9Emotional IntimacyMillions of young people today choose to postpone sexual activity.Emotional intimacy refers to the openness, sharing, affection, and trust that can develop in a close relationship.A couple can have a close relationship without being sexually intimate.But it is hard for them to keep a relationship close if there is no emotional intimacy.
10Abstinence SkillsAbstinence is the act of refraining from, or not having, sex.Abstinence skills include1. setting clear limits2.communicating your limits3.avoiding high-pressure situations4.asserting yourself