Are barrier methods permissible?
17 January, 2017
We are newly married (obviously without children). Due to a health condition that has flared up recently, I am on medication, and the doctor has said that I absolutely must not become pregnant for now.
For health reason, I would really prefer not to use a pill or IUD. Is it permissible to use a diaphragm/sponge/shield with spermicide?
Mazal tov on your recent wedding!
In this case, it would be permissible to use a diaphragm with spermicide. For maximum efficacy, please make sure to have it properly fitted and to receive training regarding its use.
We wish you a refuah sheleimah.
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