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Halakhic Infertility: For Some Orthodox Women, Jewish Law Makes Conceiving Tough
As an ultra-Orthodox woman, Rachel follows the Jewish laws of ritual purity, abstaining from sexual intercourse with her husband during her menstrual period and for seven days afterward. Though Rachel was able to conceive for the first 19 years of her marriage, her menstrual cycle had shifted recently. Her fertility now peaked at a time in the month when she was forbidden from touching her husband. In other words, by following Jewish law, Rachel had rendered herself infertile.