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Anti-depressant and contraception

12 April, 2013


I am getting married and do not have a rabbinic authority I am close to in order to get a P'sak for taking birth control.

I am currently taking an anti-depressant, and I do not feel emotionally ready to have a child. I feel that my future husband and I need some time before we are emotionally ready. And I want to have time to try weaning off the medication so I will not be on medication when I'm pregnant. Is birth control allowed for me? Thanks.


Mazal tov on your upcoming marriage!

The rabbinic supervisor of this site, R' Yehuda Henkin, generally permits the use of contraception for the first six months of marriage to allow the couple to adjust to married life. In your situation, where you are concerned about your emotional health, it would be permitted to continue use of contraceptives beyond the initial six months until you (and your doctor) feel you are emotionally stable. We do recommend  trying to find a local rabbi who can get to know you personally for further guidance.


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