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How teaching myself about birth control changed my life

Picture this: a 14-year-old girl is at the peak of body confusion and a hormone tsunami when her mother comes to her school to give a special presentation to her class about why abstinence is the only safe form of birth control. Yep, that was me. Having grown up in a religious household and spent my entire childhood attending a Christian school, from as far back as I can remember, I associated sex with pregnancy and STIs. But there was hope, or so I was told! All I had to do to be able to have safe sex was save myself for my future husband.

Virginity pledges are common, but do they work?

Many of us have heard of abstinence-only education. It’s a form of sex-ed where you’re told that not having sex is the only way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This form of sex-ed, which originated in the early 1990s, often involves taking a pledge—or promise—not to have sex until after marriage.