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Artificial insemination

23 February, 2005


My husband and I have been trying to conceive a child for over one year now. We started practicing the laws of family purity 3 months ago. Prior to practicing family purity, we underwent tests suggested by a doctor, to determine if there were any infertility problems. All the tests came out fine; however, after 18 months we have been unable to conceive.

An infertility specialist diagnosed unexplained infertility, and suggested artificial insemination. I am very depressed and anxious to learn what Jewish Law says about artificial insemination.

I am 33 years old, with a regular cycle, and ovulating normally. I’m growing anxious about not being able to conceive, and this is creating lots of marriage issues.

Can someone provide the halachic position on artificial insemination?


We appreciate the sensitive nature of this question.

As a rule, Jewish law permits couples to pursue assisted reproduction.

For more detailed information on fertility treatment, please see our article here.

It can be challenging for each spouse – and for the marriage – to adjust to the possibility of needing medical intervention to conceive. Often, personal guidance can make a positive difference. We recommend that you arrange a free consultation with a Yoetzet Halacha Fertility Counselor, details here, to talk through your situation.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

This response was updated on 2 May, 2021.

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