Diaphragm after third birth
7 November, 2022
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.
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.
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.
For further questions or comments:
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.
Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.