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Is wetness with ovulation a hargashah?

24 July, 2007

Question:

I a question concerning staining. The issue of hargasha is not entirely clear to me. I was spotting the other day, and it definitely wasn't a flow. I didn't need a pad, but there were some stains on my colored underwear. I spoke to your hotline and waited the 24 hours that the yoetzet recommended.

The thing that I'm not sure about is that I have wet secretions around the time that I ovulate. I feel this wetness, and I never thought much about it, but suddenly I thought it might be considered a hargasha.

Could you clarify what exactly is defined as a hargasha?


Answer:

Talmudic or rabbinic sources describe three sensations which are a hargashah:

  1. The whole body shakes.
  2. The feeling of the uterus is opening.
  3. A feeling of flowing liquid.

The third type is complex; it is unclear precisely what is meant and how this sensation differs from the external dampness that many women experience with their natural secretions.

Most of the time, a woman's sensation of leaking or wetness is of an external nature and would not be defined as a hargashah.  Additionally, the status of the third type of hargashah (sensation of flow) is debated.  

Unless you have a strong correlation between a specific bodily sensation and the onset of menses (and you do not experience that sensation without menstruating), it is highly unlikely that you have a hargashah.   Since the sensation you describe is around ovulation – not around menstruation – it is not a hargashah.


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