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My quetion is this- I"YH, I will be starting fertility medications, which include Follistim & Ovidrel -medications administered via injection. Is my husband allowed to administer the medication if i am niddah? If he can does it have to be done differently somehow? Other issues realated to my quetion- I don't want to have to rely on somebody else to administer the medications (they have to be done in the evening), I really don't want to do it to myself/I don't think i can, & i kinda want to keep this issue private from others.
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Thank you for your question.
It is much better halachically to either learn to inject the medication yourself or to arrange for a friend or nurse to give it to you. Only if these options are not possible can your husband do it.
The following rules should be observed:
- He should wear gloves (in this way he will not touch you directly). Disposable latex gloves are readily available in pharmacies.
- Find out if the shot can be given in an area such as the thigh rather than the buttocks, and only expose the minimum amount of leg needed for him to give the injection.
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