If you’re not ready to have sex, let us know if you need tools or resources on how to stand up for yourself when someone tries to pressure you to do something you don’t want to do.

What is Abstinence?


Abstinence means you don’t have sex. Some people think that means you don’t have vaginal sex. Others believe abstinence includes not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

It’s simple. If you don’t have sex, you won’t get pregnant. That takes commitment because having sex (vaginal intercourse) even once at the right time during a woman’s cycle can lead to an unplanned pregnancy. 

Anyone can be abstinent, no matter your age, gender, or whether you’ve had sex in the past. Abstinence works best when both partners agree not to have sex. Talk with your partner before the heat of the moment to decide what activities you will say “no” to.

  • Effectiveness: 100% effective against both pregnancy and STDs, as long as you don’t have vaginal, oral, or anal sex
  • Cost: $0
  • Side effects: none
  • Effort: You have to have commitment and control.

How it Works:

Not having vaginal sex is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy because sperm and egg never meet. The only sure way to prevent pregnancy AND the spread of STls is to not have vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

Pros and Cons:

There are many benefits to abstinence. Some people wait to have sex until they feel they are ready, some wait to find the right partner, and others want to focus on school, their job, or hobbies. Many people prefer to enjoy their partner’s company without dealing with a sexual relationship.

Avoiding having sex can be difficult for some people. If you plan to be abstinent but end up having sex, pregnancy can happen. Most people will have sex at some point in their lives. If you have sex and don’t want to get pregnant, use protection. If you have unprotected sex, emergency contraception (brand name- Plan B) can help prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after sex. The sooner Plan B is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. 

birth control methods

  • Abstinence
  • Fertility Awareness
  • Withdrawal (“Pulling Out”)
  • Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

Access Esperanza Clinics offers:

  • Free Condoms
  • The Shot
  • The Ring
  • The Patch
  • The Pill
  • The Implant
  • The IUD
  • Emergency Contraceptive (“Plan B”)


Contact us and ask how we can help!

At Access Esperanza Clinics, we offer opportunities and hope for people to plan their futures and stay healthy. You can count on us for quality, affordable, and confidential care at all of our Health Clinics.

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You may qualify for free or low-cost services 

If you are concerned about your ability to pay for services, you may qualify for one of our programs that would pay all or most of your services. Each program has its own set of eligibility. Our clinic staff can check your eligibility, help you apply, and provide you with services all on the same day.

We offer programs that can help pay some or all of the cost of your family planning and preventive health services. Our clinic staff can check your eligibility, help you apply, and provide you with services all on the same day. Programs are for female and male adults and teens in their reproductive years. Eligibility is based on your age, household income (you and, if married, your spouse), and family size. Some programs have additional eligibility requirements. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen or have legal residency to qualify. 

To apply for for a funding program, please bring the following documents with you when you come to our clinic: 

  1. Proof of Household Income – Bring any/all you have:
  • Family member’s Children’s Medicaid card, with date of enrollment
  • WIC, TANF or Food Stamp approval letter, dated
  • 2 paystubs within 60 days
  • FAFSA (student federal aid application)
  • Award notice, letter, or written statements from Social Security Administration
  • Form H1028: Employment verification (to be completed by your employer)


  • Photo ID- Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID card, work or school ID card with photo


If you are an adult female and a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident, also bring

  •  U.S. birth certificate, passport, passport card
  • Certificate of U.S. naturalization
  • Religious record of birth with date and place of birth, such as baptism record
  •  I-551 card (permanent resident card)
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and your children 

Household Income (You and Your Spouse) to Qualify for Free Services               

Household Size   Monthly Maximum
1 $2,603
2 $3,523
3 $4,444
4 $5,365
5 $6,286
6 $7,207