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Cervical bleeding

27 January, 2006

Question:

I had experienced fairly consistent bleeding for about 7 days. My doctor has determined the bleeding is from my cervix (not uterine).

I haven't had a period for about 6 months because I am taking Aygestin, which is a medication to prevent bleeding. I had started this medication because
I was experiencing a lot of mid-cycle bleeding (I am 49 years old).

My question is – though I feel certain the diagnosis of cervical (rather than uterine) bleeding was correct, do I have to worry it could be uterine?


Answer:

This is a good question, since bleeding from the more internal area of the cervix may be halachically treated like uterine bleeding.  To answer your question, we need to know where in the cervix the bleeding is from and what your doctor understands to be the cause of the bleeding.  If it is from the external cervix – the part that can be easily seen on a speculum exam, you are not niddah. If not, please get back to us with the details.


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