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Mikveh after IVF

14 February, 2005

Question:

I recently had an embryo transfer in connection with an ivf cycle. I was unable to go to the mikvah prior to embryo transfer (because of bleeding) and am prohibited by the doctors from immersion/bathing until after the two week wait following transfer until pregnancy is determined (the doctors fear infection because of trauma to the area). In any event, marital relations are not allowed during that period. If I am not pregnant, I will get my period and then go to the mikvah as I normally would. If I am pregnant, can I go to the mikvah as soon as the bathing and marital relation restrictions are lifted? Are there any specific rules with regard to mikvah and pregnancy?


Answer:

You have the status of a niddah until you immerse.  You have to keep seven clean days prior to mikveh immersion, whether or not you are pregnant.  You should perform a hefsek taharah and count seven days now, so that you will be able to immerse as soon as your doctors permit it.

Note that mikvaot are kept very clean. Where there is a medical concern about infection, you can speak  to the mikveh lady in advance about being the first woman to immerse after the mikveh has been cleaned, and dipping only once. You might want to discuss this option with your doctor.


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