Women Taking Pills to Stop Menses during Ramadan

01 June, 2016
Q As-salamu `alaykum. Is it permissible for a woman to use contraceptives and other forms of medication during Ramadan to stop her period in order to be able to fast the whole month of Ramadan? I know that women are allowed to use such kind of medication during Hajj, but I wonder does the same ruling applies here?


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, thank you very much for having confidence in us and may Almighty Allah guide you to that which pleases Him and to reward you for your sincere intention and keenness in performing the acts of worship, amen.

The Muslim woman is allowed to take pills to stop menses during Ramadan. If she does so to continue observing fasting, then her intention is a good one and Allah will reward her for such a good intention.

In an attempt to furnish you with an answer to your question, we would like to cite for you the following fatwa issued by the late Sheikh Sayyed Mutawalli Ad-Darsh, former head of the UK Shari`ah council, in which he states the following:

The majority of Muslim scholars, as far as I know, do not consider such an act as being tantamount to tampering with nature.

Rather, it is considered an act of regulation with the aim of allowing women who’d rather avoid their periods in order to participate with people in fasting Ramadan and performing Hajj at ease. There is nothing wrong with women using pills or available resources to block menstruation and have chance to perform their acts of worship during such times.

Moreover, Dr. Rif`at Fawzi, former professor of Shari`ah at Cairo University, adds,

There is nothing wrong, as far as Islam is concerned, if a woman takes such pills during Ramadan in order to be able to continue fasting the whole blessed month without interruption.

However, we have to keep in mind that a woman is allowed to do so while being guided by the following conditions:

  1. Taking such pills must not result in putting her life and health at risk.
  2. It is better, before taking such medication, to seek the advice of a reliable physician.

Allah Almighty knows best.