Sex Before Marriage?
Consider the Consequences

IF YOU WAIT UNTIL MARRIAGE, YOU CAN:

  • Know that a person likes you because of who you are and not because you will “go all the way”
  • Have self-respect and respect from others because of standing firm and accomplishing a goal
  • Know trust, honesty and patience
  • Experience peace of mind
  • Develop true intimacy
  • Have a clear conscience
  • Have healthy relationships
  • Discover the true meaning of love
  • Share a bond with your spouse that no one else has shared
  • Focus on communication skills and develop non-sexual relationships
  • Have a solid foundation as you enter marriage
  • Look forward to a very special honeymoon!
Adapted from Choices/Teen Awareness, Inc.

IF YOU DON’T WAIT, ARE YOU READY FOR:

EMOTIONAL HEARTACHES

  • Guilt
  • Regrets
  • Loss of self-respect
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Ruined relationships
  • Anger
PREGNANCY
  • Immediate marriage
  • Adoption (to give your baby to another family)
  • Single parenthood
  • Abortion’s consequences (read stories about dangerous and deadly abortions – pgs. 16-19)
STDS AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS
  • AIDS
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Herpes
  • Chlamydia
  • Genital warts
  • Vaginal infections
  • Sterility risks
  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast cancer
(WARNING! Even if you use contraceptives, you’re still at risk for heartaches, pregnancy and STDs.)


“Living Together” Doesn’t Work

Research shows that marriages that started out as live-together unions have a 50 percent higher divorce rate.

Source: “The Role of Cohabitation in Declining Rates of Marriage,” Journal of Marriage and the Family, v53, 1991, pp. 913-927



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