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Contraception during treatment for acne/fungus

4 February, 2010


I am a newly married woman with no children as of yet.

My question pertains to the allowance of using contraception for cosmetic related issues.

More specifically, if i have a condition [e.g. a severe acne or fungal outbreak] which, although not life-threatening in the least, can be a source of great psychological discomfort and self consciousness [which can understandably sometimes add a delicate strain on our marital life].

There are fairly strong treatments which can rectify this, the problem being that these treatments can be harmful and have otherwise undesired second hand effects on pregnancy.

Would it be permissible to use contraception for the duration of this treatment?


Mazal tov on your recent wedding!

You are not specific about your condition or the expected duration of the treatment.  If the treatment is not expected to exceed six months in duration, you may pursue it and use birth control alongside it.  If the expected duration of the treatment is longer, please get back to us with more specific details.

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