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Onot after extended niddah

20 August, 2006

Question:

I have a mirena IUD and it caused me to be a niddah for about 8 weeks. I was desperate, as there was no end to the staining in site. I tried the alfalfa supplements recommended in someone's post. It did nothing for me. My Dr. prescribed microestrin (birth control pills) and told me to take as many as I needed to get to the mikvah and then not to look. I checked with a Rav, and he said that was fine and I did not need to look.

Since I was a nidda for well over 30 days, I did not need to do the 30 day check, do I have to check ever? I am nursing, and since giving birth have not had a period. I never look when I wipe, always flush before getting up and wear black underwear and use dark sheets.

When, if ever do I need to separate?

Thanks


Answer:

We're sorry to hear you were niddah for such a long time. In this case, you do not have any onot to observe.  After the next time you become niddah, you will observe the day of the month. Once you have had two cycles, you will observe that interval as well. There are different opinions as to whether a breastfeeding woman observes the thirtieth day.

Once the initial adjustment period to Mirena has passed, many women do not bleed at all for months. Please do continue, however to be careful about stains.


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