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Short term contraception

26 May, 2009

Question:

We are going through the fertility tests. I’ll be doing sonohysterography 2 days after I go to mikva. They told me I absolutely cannot be pregnant while doing this test. What’s the valid method of protection I should use for 2 days between the mikva and the test? Can we use condoms?

Thanks a lot!


Answer:

The most halachically accepted form of short term conception is spermicide alone. Spermicides can be found in various forms in most pharmacies. They are about as effective as condoms (75-85% effective).

If this is too great a risk (and please do discuss it with your physician), then it would be best to delay having marital relations until after the test is performed.

We hope your testing goes smoothly.


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