Is temporary marriage necessary between the owner of the sperm and the donor of the eggs for in vitro fertilization (IVF)? The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli answered a question about temporary marriage for IVF.

Question: As IVF is used to cure infertility in cases where the wife has no active eggs, the eggs from widowed or divorced women are used. So, as usual procedure in the hospital before IVF, temporary marriage takes place between the woman who is the donor of the eggs and the husband of the infertile wife which in many cases have caused family problems. Therefore, please specify that according to the religion, temporary marriage between the owner of the sperm and the donor of the eggs is necessary or not? It is necessary to mention that for IVF there is no need for any contact between the donor of the eggs and the owner of the sperm and fertilization is carried out in the laboratory.

The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli:

  1. If there is no body contact, temporary marriage is not necessary.
  2. If there are no harmful effects on family or society, the recommended (Mostahab) precaution is that temporary marriage is carried out.


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