Would Hysterectomy Be Permissible If One Has Serious Health Complications?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel

Question

Is hysterectomy permissible if it interferes with the QOL-I am 35 years old. I had just given birth to my first baby, Alhamdulillah, after years of struggle, three operations, and just before we were supposed to start. I had an operation due to a septate uterus which causes miscarriages. I also had an operation for endometriosis and have now been diagnosed with adenomyosis-both impact my QOL significantly and can cause miscarriages.

I wanted more children, but my husband is not keen due to my QOL and the issue that it can cause miscarriages (I bled until 17 weeks of pregnancy, so he’s worried).

Hysterectomy is an option to improve QOL. Is it permissible? I am worried about raising a child to full potential with impaired QOL.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well. Thank you for your question.

Good news, you have had a baby after so much struggle and patience. May Allah (Most High) make it a means of immense reward for you both.

Islam forbids that a couple does permanent family planning through irreversible methods, like hysterectomy, unless, from past pregnancy experience, one has suffered terrible complications. With medical and a reliable local scholar, one is given the advice to do so.

Check these answers as well:
Permanent Contraception (Female Sterilisation) – Does Intention Affect Permissibility? – SeekersGuidance
Birth Control & Contraception (daruliftaa.com)
Contraception Archives – SeekersGuidance

May Allah (Most High) give you ease and relief from all kinds of illnesses and harms, Amin.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.