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Stains after dam betulim

4 March, 2005

Question:

Hello, I got married on a Monday night. After having sexual relations that night, I started to count 4 days and then 7 days. On the 5th day of the 7 clean days (Wednesday), I found some small brownish spots on my underwear and this continued for two days. On Wednesday it had been only 22 days since my last period, so I assumed it wasn't my period (though it's obviously not impossible).

If originally I was supposed to go the mikveh tonight, Friday night, does this mean that now I cannot? Do I have to wait a new 7 days from when this spotting/bleeding stops?


Answer:

Mazal tov!

Not all stains put a woman in niddah, although some may.  Whether or not you can go to the mikveh tonight depends on their size and color (see our article Ketamim) and whether or not you experienced hargashah beforehand.

If you still have the underpants from the days in question, check if any of the stains are larger than the size of a dime.  If they are larger, then you should bring the underwear in question to a rabbi as soon as possible.  If they are smaller, then they did not interrupt your clean days

In any case, perform a bedikah today.  If you are able to determine that your stains did not put you in niddah, you could go to the mikveh tonight.  If not, then the bedikah could help you get to the mikveh sooner.

Please contact us with any follow-up questions.  You may wish to call our hotline for a more timely answer.


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