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Diaphragm after third birth

7 November, 2022

Question:

Thank you very much for your amazing service!

BH 4 weeks ago I gave birth to my third child. And I want to refresh my permission for contraception. Before this pregnancy, I used a diaphragm and spermicide. Am I allowed to use it now as well halachically? BH we have two girls and a boy.


Answer:

Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

We follow the view that a woman is permitted to use contraception to space her pregnancies. A mother’s healing and ability to care for her baby are halachic values. There is additional leeway for longer spacing when a couple already have a boy and a girl.

Therefore, based on what you write, you may use contraception for the time being. Learn more about the factors involved in permitting contraception on our site here and here.

With a diaphragm, you need a new fitting after each pregnancy. Please make sure to discuss this with your physician at your postpartum visit.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


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