There’s no doubt that sex is an important aspect of our lives. While the thought of abstaining from sex might seem dull and boring, we tend to overlook the plus points of not having sex for a while. The reasons for abstaining from sex can be due to religious reasons, waiting for the right person, and in some cases, also because of personal issues like going through a stressful phase in their lives.

Whatever the reasons might be, remember that if you have made a decision to abstain from sex, you should stick to it. If you feel like you’re missing out on what is supposed to be the most pleasurable physical activity, think again. Here are six reasons why abstaining from sex can actually be good for your general well-being:

You don’t have to worry about birth control

Let’s face it, having an active sex life comes with a lot of responsibility. Every sexually active woman has gone through a major pregnancy scare and the stress that you go through during that period can be nerve wracking to say the least. When you abstain from sex, you no long have to worry about taking birth control pills or whether or not your partner is carrying condoms. Another major advantage of not being sexually active is that you save a lot of money and plus, no side-effects of using birth control pills or any other birth control methods!

2. You can avoid sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

When you’re not in a monogamous relationship, there’s always the risk of being exposed to sexually transmitted diseases. While testing HIV positive is the biggest fear, there are many other STDs likeChlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and herpes, among others that you could potentially contract. However, if you’re only abstaining from vaginal sex and still having oral sex and engaging in other non-penetrative sexual acts, remember that you are still at the risk of contracting an STD, especially if you’re not using condoms or dental dams.

 No regrets about sleeping with the wrong person

Everyone has had sex with a person only to regret it later on. While there’s no doubt that sex can be a lot of fun, there will be times when you’re just not on the same page as your sexual partner. Whenever that happens, your fling or one night stand will never have a happy ending.

 You can fully concentrate on your work or education

Since there are no distractions in your life ever since you decided to abstain from sex, you can now fully concentrate on your career or studies. Once you abstain from sex, you will find that you have a lot of free time on your hands that you can use for completing your tasks.

 You don’t have to deal with the emotional consequences of sex

Sex comes with its own set of emotional baggage. As mentioned in the third point, if you’re not on the same page as your sexual partner, you are bound to get hurt after both of you have sex. Maybe you were expecting him to commit and get married to you or at least get into a relationship but he saw you as nothing but fling. This can only result in anger, disappointment and depression. When you abstain from sex, you are completely free from any of those emotional consequences.

 It can help building emotional intimacy with your partner

If your husband or boyfriend is understanding and supportive, he will accept the fact that you decided to abstain from sex. While it might be challenging to control your sexual urges, you can instead invest that time and energy into bonding with your partner on an emotional level.