abstinence

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abstinence:

see fastingfasting,
partial or temporary abstinence from food, a widely used form of asceticism. Among the stricter Jews the principal fast is the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur; in Islam the faithful fast all the daytime hours of the month of Ramadan. Fasting is general in Christianity.
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; temperance movementstemperance movements,
organized efforts to induce people to abstain—partially or completely—from alcoholic beverages. Such movements occurred in ancient times, but ceased until the wide use of distilled liquors in the modern period resulted in increasing drunkenness.
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abstinence

Chiefly RC Church the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance
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Young, unmarried women in Addis Ababa and other sub-Saharan African settings therefore often choose to rely on less effective methods such as periodic abstinence, (35,36) and ECs were used as a back-up.
Periodic abstinence in developing countries: an assessment of failure rates and consequences.
On the other hand, when one practices periodic abstinence, sexual and bodily behavior is still informed by the procreative task and by the (chaste) exercise of parental responsibility, which requires the couple to avoid procreation (and thus, intercourse) when reason so demands.
Similarly, the person who contracepts wants--hopefully among other goods such as the expression of love--the pleasure of sex through the expression of conjugal affection without its procreative consequences; such contraceptive acts are alternatives to choices for virtuous self-control through periodic abstinence.
The essential argument, then, is that acts of periodic abstinence contribute to the virtuous mastery of our procreative powers through reason and will, precisely in a way that is consistent with the fundamental body-soul unity of the person and reflects the full truth about sexuality as found in the reality of marriage.
Notice that, in the practice of periodic abstinence, a woman's act of taking her temperature (or examining mucus) does not meet this definition of the contraceptive act.
The first respects the fundamental body-soul unity of the human person by moderating fertility through acts of periodic abstinence.
dagger]) All forms of periodic abstinence (calendar, Billings, mucus, basal body temperature, symptothermal and lactational amenorrhea), withdrawal, breastfeeding and other, local methods.
Would periodic abstinence place impossible strains on my marriage?