Flip on the T.V. and you’ll find any number of programs showing it. Casual sex. Boy meets girl, they end up having mad, passionate sex. Next morning they go on their happy way. Sex as presented as a fun time with no strings, consequences, no risk and no heartache. Only on T.V. can this be a reality.
Real life can take a turn in a direction you didn’t intend when you make risky choices. Aside from an unplanned pregnancy there are STDs. Such as Chlamydia, this is the most common cause of sterility (unable to have children) in both men and women because it usually has no symptoms until it’s too late. There are more than 1,000,000 new cases reported each year. Almost half of the infected are between the ages of 15-24. Syphilis is another STD that is common. In men, sores appear on genitals, then fever and enlarged lymph nodes. In women these sores usually go unnoticed but lead to the same symptoms as men. The final stage brings brain disorders, heart disease and death. Eighty percent are not aware they are infected in the first stage. Heartbreak is a side effect that can have physical symptoms as well. Depression, insomnia (not being able to sleep), even anxiety can occur. The best way to avoid the negative side effects of casual sex is to avoid the cause, casual sex.
Practicing sexual abstinence (not having sexual contact) while single is the only way to avoid STDs, unplanned pregnancy and even some heart aches. If you are in a committed relationship and you choose to marry, select a partner who is not infected with STDs and remain faithful during marriage.
All other methods leave you at risk.