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Stain in tub

18 August, 2006

Question:

I was wondering about a pinkish stain that I noticed on the floor of the bathtub last night.
Yesterday morning I took a shower while standing in the bathtub, during which time I removed a diaphragm with spermicide, and some urine came out as well. After this, I stayed in the tub and continued my usual morning shower and washed my body, including the genital area. I had not looked at the diaphragm as I cleaned it in the shower water, and did not notice anything amiss.
That evening, I happened to notice a pinkish stain on the floor of the tub, near the wall. It seemed somewhat ingrained in the bathtub surface (I think it's a porcelain tub), as it did not come off easily when I rubbed it with water. However, it did come off after using cleaning powder. It's possible that it was there before my morning shower, as I don't recall looking in the tub before stepping into it that morning.
I have short cycles, along with some difficulty becoming tehora this past cycle, so I am truly hoping this doesn't pose any problem for me. I went to the mikvah 6 days ago, and am not expecting my period still for several days. Thank you for your advice and support!


Answer:

A stain found on a porcelain tub does not render you niddah, as the tub is not mekabel tumah (susceptible to ritual impurity). It is possible that, even had you found the stain on a surface that is mekabel tumah, you would not be niddah if the stain could be attributed to something or someone else. In any case, in this situation you are not niddah.


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