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Use of Birth Control

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I was told by someone that birth control was forbidden. I am a 22 year old sister, single and not sexually active. My doctor put me on birth control to regulate my menstral cycle and because I had a high count of male hormones. Is it still lawful for me to take these pills since I am not using them for a sexual purpose. PLEASE ADVISE. 


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Use of Birth Control

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Although permanent birth control is prohibited, the scholars are of the opinion that there is no harm if one uses birth control to space the birth of the children.


In your particular case, there is absolutely no harm if for medical reasons your doctor has prescribed you particular birth control medication, to regulate your menstrual cycle.


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