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In our Gurus' time, contraception was not the science it is today. So it was never addressed directly in our teachings or rehit directly.

So look at it this way. Having a baby is a tremendous responsibility! It is not easy to be pregnant, and children need care around the clock. So, it is irresponsible to bring life into this world in a cavalier fashion, for we create a burden of karma for ourselves by bearing children we are ill-prepared to care for and teach. So, contraceptives are a gift for people -- married or not-- who do not want to bear children irresponsibly, yet, or at all.

- answered by DKK