Ovulating too early
21 February, 2009
I ovulate, having the obvious mucus plug which indicates ovulation, on my 5th clean day. By the time I immerse it's already two days later. I just got married. What do I do?
We understand your concern.
Since visual and tactile examination of mucus is not always sufficient to give an accurate date of ovulation, we suggest you use ovulation urine test sticks, or see your physician, to determine if you are in fact ovulating prior to immersion.
Please get back to us if that is the case. There are a variety of medical and halachic remedies in such situations. Please see our article Halachic Infertility for more detailed information.
Note that it is also important to verify that you are getting to mikveh as soon as halachically possible. Colors other than bright red do not necessarily invalidate a hefsek taharah or bedikah and should be brought to a rabbi for evaluation. If you determine that you are consistently ovulating before mikveh, the rabbi should be aware of this, as certain leniencies may apply.
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