Vesatot after uterine ablation
I recently had a uterine ablation. Right now (a month post procedure) I am bleeding and am counting this as niddah. I am told by friends who have had this done that you barely get any blood as a period, sometimes you don't even realize it. Do I need to check each month to see if I am in niddah? Do I only check if I "feel" a flow? I had irregular periods before procedure, so I am not even sure when to expect a period.
Thank you so much for your help.
Thank you for your question.
Bleeding after uterine ablation varies from woman to woman, so your friends' experiences are of limited use in determining the halacha here.
In this case where, a month following the procedure, you had bleeding that led you to consider yourself niddah, you should observe veset days. In other words, you should perform a bedikah and abstain from relations on the day of the month and on the thirtieth day (onah beinonit) next month. You will calculate those days based on the beginning of your current bloodflow. (For details, please see our site's section "Onot/ Vesatot".)
You need not check for bleeding at other times, even if you feel liquid exiting the body.
If your bedikot next month do not make you niddah and you do not have another blood flow anytime soon, then there will be no further bedikot to perform. If otherwise, please write back to us for guidance.
Please be in touch with any additional questions.
Our best wishes for a refuah sheleimah!
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases.
If you have further questions or comments about this email, please click here to Ask the Yoetzet.
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefitted from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.