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Cervical bleeding on bedikot

2 March, 2009

Question:

Since my I stopped nursing my last child (6th) and I have been getting my period, I am having a very difficult time becoming clean.  I do realize that my cervix is protruding more into the vagina and the nurse said that it is a problem area and that almost whenever it is touched, it is like a wound and I will get blood on the bedikah, so I am having a very hard time with bedikahs (even though I am told by the Rov to do a hefsek taharah and only one bedikah each on the first and seventh day).  Is there anything to do about this?


Answer:

When performing the hefsek taharah and bedikot, you should insert your finger very gently and slowly, rotating into all the crevices, while avoiding the cervix to the best of your ability. You can try lying down while performing the bedikot, which may help keep the cervix in a higher position.

Kegel exercises may also help in the long term. You should consider seeing a urogynecological physical therapist as well. (You can contact Talli Rosenbaum at www.physioforwomen.com for a referral.) 

Alternatively, a bodeket taharah can visually inspect the vagina and perform the hefsek/bedikah while avoiding any problematic areas. While this is inconvenient as a long term solution, it may help you in the interim.


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