Throughout the year, people will contact and ask me questions about pregnancy. Here is one that someone that would like to remain anonymous asked me recently:
Anonymous: Hi Dr. Chris. My sister just found out she was pregnant last week, and I was wondering for myself, how can practicing abstinence as a teenager affect my ability to live a healthy life?
Dr. Chris: Well, anonymous, practicing abstinence can help you in many ways. Firstly, it can help keep you protected from STD's. A person should only have a child if they are ready to emotionally, financially, and physically. Financially, the person would need to make sure they have enough supplies like money and food to take care of a child. Practicing abstinence can save you thousands of dollars each year. Emotionally, they should be emotionally stable and have a good environment to raise a child in. That too could save hundreds of dollars. And finally, it could help you physically because having a child puts an incredible strain on a person's body. Abstinence would save some body the trouble of having to deal with that strain.