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Pill to avoid chupat niddah?

22 April, 2007

Question:

I'd like to have some help in trying to figure out if I should go on birth control or not. I'm getting married in about 10 weeks. I usually have a regular 30-day cycle, but my period is now a week overdue. I think that now since my period is so late there is more of a risk of a chupas nida and I really don't want that. I am not on birth control. What do you suggest I do? When is the latest I could start birth control?


Answer:

If we understand your case, if you get your period soon and your next two cycles are regular, you may risk a chuppat niddah.  If your next cycles are again irregular, the situation could be even tighter.  Since avoiding a chuppat niddah is very important to you, we do think you should pursue the option of hormonal regulation. There are two medical approaches: using combined oral contraceptives, or taking progesterone to delay your period.

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