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Medical need for contraception

29 April, 2005

Question:

I delivered a baby by c-section five months ago. 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 permissible to take birth control pills? I'm nursing and haven't had my regular cycle yet anyway.


Answer:

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 (a progesterone-only pill is often prescribed for nursing mothers), and at what point you may cease taking it.


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