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Contraception during medical school

12 December, 2006


I'm currently engaged and am in my first year of medical school. The wedding is set for this August. I wanted to know if it would be permitted for me to put off having children for another three years until I finished medical school.


Mazal tov on your engagement!

Our site's rabbinical supervisor, R Yehuda Henkin, does not usually give permission for extended use of contraception when the factor involved is the pursuit of a career.  If you would like to have a specific ruling from him, please write back with any other information relevant to your decision.

However, in decisions about contraception, we think it is preferable for a couple to meet in person with a rabbi whose rulings and insight both members accept.  The couple can thus also form a relationship with that rabbi and return to him with follow up questions and concerns and can seek his guidance on other matters.  The communication and understanding possible in a personal relationship can also enhance the precision of rulings and the observance of halacha.

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