Discarded brown hefsek
I am on the pill and have always been able to do a clean bedikah on the fifth day since i started with this cycle over a year ago. This last time i had a small stain on the bedikah cloth (more brown then red) but did not keep the cloth to give to my husband to show a rav. I have been back and forth in my head whether i should wait till the next night to go to the mikvah or can rely on what usually occurs, coupled with the fact that i did not have any further stain or leaking past that instant in which i had a questionable bedikah. Would i be able to count the seven days from that hefsek if i cant conclusively say that my bedikah was 100% clean?
Thanks for your help
Thank you for your question.
The hefsek taharah does not have to be totally clear. However, it does have to show that uterine bleeding has stopped. A brown color on the hefsek taharah, unless it is a light beige or tan with no hint of red, needs to be evaluated by a halachic authority. Your patterns from previous months and lack of subsequent staining do not, in and of themselves, change the status of the bedikah.
Unfortunately, in a case like this, where the status of the color was uncertain and the cloth is no longer available, it cannot be relied on as a hefsek taharah. You should retroactively count a bedikah from the following day as a new hefsek taharah. Your clean days and immersion are pushed off by one day.
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