There are many wise reasons why people choose to abstain from sex. Some of the reasons given below will overlap with each other, and thus you may well find that you fit into several categories. All descriptions are to help and inform rather than to encourage us to label ourselves. Labels can sometimes be restrictive and stifling, whereas we want you to feel empowered by the wise choices and decisions you make throughout life. However, this hopefully provides a useful guide to some of the many and varied reasons why people make a decision to live without sex, either temporarily or as a lifestyle choice. It also explains the meaning of some frequently used, and some not so frequently used, terms.