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Contraceptives

Can I use a chewable contraceptive pill such as Femcon FE? Femcon FE contains ingredients which are likely kitnios or innocuous but may be chametz (maltodextrin and spearmint flavor). Since the pill is chewable it is considered "edible" and therefore, we cannot recommend them for Pesach (even if you swallow the chewable pill), and the best choice would be to have your doctor prescribe an alternative non-chewable contraceptive. If that poses a particular difficulty for you, you might want to discuss the issue with your Rabbi and doctor. It is worth noting that it may be possible to avoid the issue of taking the chewable pills on Pesach by scheduling the "off" week (i.e. brown pills) for the week of Pesach.