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24 February, 2004

Question:

According to Halacha, are condoms ever permitted? I cannot use or take anything containing hormones for medical reasons and I have had lots of problems with the IUD. Any suggestions?


Answer:

Condoms are generally only permitted when both pregnancy and all other methods of birth control would be life threatening.  There may well be basis in your case to allow for use of a diaphragm.  However, a specific individual question should be asked. If you do not have your own rabbi and want a direct psak, please get back to us or call the hotline.


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