Medical need for contraception
i delivered a baby by c-section in november. i was instructed immediately to go on birth control pills. i thought birth control pills were a halachic problem so i did not take any. the doctors say that they don't want me to get pregnant preferably for a year after delivery because of uterine scar tissue. is it permissable to take birth control pills? i'm nursing and haven't had my regular cycle yet anyway.
Thank you for your question.
Mazel tov on the birth of your baby!
In a situation such as you describe, in which a woman is medically advised to delay pregnancy, we permit birth control. If you have your own rabbi to whom you ask such questions, you could consult with him. If not, according to most halachic opinions, the preferred form of birth control is a hormonal contraceptive. You should consult with your physician about the best pill for you and at what point you may cease taking it.
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