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Hormonal Contraception

Question: Shalom, why isn´t the progesterone pill a problem of hashjatat zera o zera lebatala if it makes a thick mucus wall that does´t let the zera from penetrating. Answer: The prohibition of השחתת זרע is not determined by whether there is a wall or barrier preventing the זרע from entering the uterus. After all, this is the case with a pregnant women and a בתולה and yet with both there is no prohibition. ...

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Gender Selection

Question: לכבוד מורנו הגאב׳ד ורבנים המכובדים שליט״א Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is available to couples that are at risk of having a child with a specific genetic or chromosome disorder, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease or Huntington's disease. The fertilised embryos develop for three days and then one or two cells are removed from each embryo. The genetic material (DNA and chromoso ...

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Methods of Contraception

Question: MIRENA is a small T-shaped intrauterine system (IUS) which after insertion releases the hormone levonorgestrel (a progesterone) into the uterus. Its mode of action includes prevention of proliferation of the endometrium (lining of the uterus), thickening of the cervical mucus thus inhibiting the passage of זרע and suppression of ovulation in some women. Another alternative form of intrauterine con ...

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