Birth control is one of the newest innovation in health that is very useful for marriage couples. It is required so that couples can plan how many children they would have as well as keeping safe age gap. Islam is not against this, so that the contraceptive usage in Muslim women is not prohibited.
There are various kind of contraception, one of them is implant. Contraceptive implants is done by inserting a small, flexible rod under the skin of the inner upper arm. The contraceptive works by releasing progestogen hormones so that it can prevent pregnancy up to three years.
But contraceptive is still debatable between Muslims, whether it’s permissible or not. Now we are going to talk about the law of using contraceptive implant in Islam. Here are the explanation from the Islamic view.
- Using Contraceptive Implant is Not Prohibited in Islam
Although contraception is a modern invention by mankind, Islam is not prohibited is at all. In the context of contraceptive implant, which is done by inserting a rod under a woman’s skin, Islam never say that it’s forbidden. Also read Causes of Not Getting Pregnant in Islam
Birth control related to many crucial things, from health issue to financial problems. Muslims can use the contraceptive methods as long as it doesn’t use haram materials.
- It May Cause Bad Side Effects for Women
Woman is the one who use the contraceptive, except for condoms. While condoms almost has no effects for men, same thing doesn’t go for women. Using contraceptive, either implant or pills, cause certain bad effect. Also read Benefits of Early Marriage in Islam
It can be bleeding, frequently or prolonged, disrupted menstrual cycle, and skin problems such as acne. Certain contraceptive methods may cause excessive weight gain on women. Despite of the bad effects, using any form of contraceptive is not prohibited. As long as the method is aligned with Sharia, a Muslim woman may use contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.
- Contraceptive is Allowed As Long As It’s Reversible
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade ῾Uthmān ibn Math῾ūn radiallahu anhu from abstaining from marriage. “If he had allowed him, we would have castrated ourselves.” (Bukhari)
Normal person or couple who don’t have any dangerous health issue and they don’t have any children yet should not use contraceptive. It’s against the Sharia, however, since produce offspring is required for the continuity of Islam. Also read Things to Look for in Marriage Islam
But contraceptive is haram if it’s not reversible. Any contraceptive should only works temporary, can be removed any time, and capable of bringing back the fertility in a woman. Irreversible contraception such as vasectomy or tubectomy is absolutely prohibited.
- Choose the Safest Contraception Methods
“You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.” (Ibn Al Jazwee)
There are various method of contraception beside implants, so Muslim women have many choices before deciding which one to use. Make sure that whatever contraception is use, it is safe for both men and women. It shouldn’t cause damage to their health or other aspects in life. Also read Virtues of Childbirth in Islam
After reading on the law of using contraceptive implants in Islam, now let’s find out more about this contraceptive implant method, including the advantages and disadvantages.
Effectiveness of Contraceptive Implants
Contraceptive implants is arguably the safest birth control method for modern couples. It’s very simple and efficient as it doesn’t require monthly shots or consuming pill every night. This kind of contraceptive has a very high accuracy with more than 99.9% of effectiveness. Also read Prayers for Having a Child
Less than one woman could get pregnant while using this contraception. Certain medication may reduce the effectiveness, so when you are having this inform your doctor about the medication you take.
Advantages of Contraceptive Implants
After reading about the law of using contraceptive implant in Islam, which is not prohibited at all, now it’s time for marriage Muslim couples to know about the advantage of this methods.
- It’s highly effective to prevent pregnancy.
- It’s reversible and return women to the fertility mode fast.
- The device last for quite a long time, up to three years.
- Women don’t need to have a regular injection, as well as taking pills.
- The method is affordable and safe.
- It doesn’t cause vaginal bleeding at all for most women, while some have minor bleeding.
- It reduces pain during period, PMS, and acne.
Disadvantage of Contraceptive Implant
Not only the benefits, Muslim women should also aware of the possible disadvantage upon using the contraceptive implant.
- Bleeding is the most common side effects. It can be irregular light bleeding, which can be either prolonged or frequent. For some women, the bleeding could be heavy as well. This problem can be resolved by consulting with the doctor.
- This methods doesn’t protect women from STIs (sexually transmitted disease).
- As it was put under the arm, some women may experience bruise on it.
- To insert and remove it, minor procedure is required.
Other than what are mentioned above, contraceptive implant may cause minor side effects like headaches, breast tenderness, onset of acne, and mood changes.
Who to Use the Implants
Before using the implants, ask the doctor to take a look at your medication history so it can be decided whether implant is the best option for you or not. For the record, breastfeeding mom is safe to use the implants.
However, there are certain conditions in which women can’t use the implant:
- Having a history of breast cancer.
- Experienced vaginal bleeding with unknown cause (doctor should investigate this case).
- Under certain medication which may reduce the effectiveness of the implant.
So those are the holistic explanation about the law of using contraceptive implant in Islam, as well as more detailed information on it.