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Miscarriage after IVF

14 February, 2005

Question:

After having undergone IVF last month, it was successful and I became pregnant, however, I lost the baby (miscarriage) about 4 days ago. (I was 4 weeks pregnant). I now have heavy bleeding and a lot of pain. How do the rules of Niddah apply towards a miscarriage. Should I treat this as if it were a normal menstrual cycle? I know I'll be bleeding for more than that, they say sometimes up to two weeks.

Your help and support in this matter are greatly appreciated.


Answer:

We're sorry to hear of your miscarriage and hope and pray that your future attempts at IVF will prove successful.

Since you carried the embryo for less than forty days, your bleeding is treated as a long period.  We understand that at a challenging time like this, being a niddah for a prolonged period of time can be particularly difficult.  We hope that you and your husband can find fulfillment and comfort in working together to meet this halachic challenge.


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