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First time immersion

18 January, 2009

Question:

Shalom. I have never been to mikveh and for the first time started attending shul few month ago, when my baby was a few month old. I still do not have my period due to breastfeeding. Should I wait to go to a mikveh for the first time in my life until I get my period? thank you


Answer:

You deserve a great deal of credit for asking this question.

A woman remains in niddah, and is halachically prohibited from having relations with her husband, until she has immersed in a mikveh – even if a long time has passed since her last menstrual period. 

Therefore, we recommend that you not wait to initiate the immersion process.  For details about practice, please see our article "Niddah In a Nutshell".  In your case, you should wait five days (starting today – not with your next period) and then perform a hefsek taharah.  For specific questions that arise as someone new to the process, please feel free to get back to us.

If at all possible, we recommend that you approach a kallah teacher, the rabbi's wife, or another knowledgeable woman in your community for some practical personal guidance in this mitzva.


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