Vaginitis and mikveh night
I am currently suffering from a mild case of vaginitis. I have not yet been in to see a doctor but am planning to do so if it doesn't go away in the next day or so. My mikva night is scheduled for this Friday night, and I am worried that having relations with my husband will cause pain and/or complications with the irritation. What should I do?
Vaginal irritation can be due to a number of causes. A very common cause is a fungal infection, where the usual complaint is one of itching, burning and a white "cheesy" discharge. Various types of bacteria can also cause an infection, in which case the discharge tends to be foul smelling and not white. Irritation from items used in the genital area such as bubble baths or douches can cause this as well.
As the causes are many, and the treatment is different for each cause, it would be good to see your physician for diagnosis and treatment. If you are unable to get an appointment before your immersion, and you are concerned about having relations, it is legitimate to delay having relations on mikveh night. Other forms of physical affection are of course permitted; you and your husband should discuss your expectations ahead of time so that mikveh night is a positive experience for both of you even without relations.
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.
For further questions or comments:
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.
Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.