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Put in tampon – and bleeding stopped

28 April, 2009

Question:

I am a 53 year old woman who until about a year ago was still menstruating regularly. This past year I have finally started skipping months so that my period comes approximately once in 3 months or so. This past Sunday, after 47 days, I started bleeding and put in a tampon considering myself a niddah. After one tampon, there was no more bleeding – I was clean by Monday. I have never had bleeding between periods so I'm sure this is a menopausal thing.

In any case, how should I behave in the future if this happens again? Should I not have put in a tampon? (Underwear was black, toilet paper was colored, but since I was sure that I had my period, I didn't hesitate to put in a tampon), or did I do what was required and c'est la vie?


Answer:

We suggest you review our article on stains, "Ketamim".  If you do not have a full-fledged blood flow, but you are concerned about possibly developing one or about potentially messy staining, then you could use a colored pantiliner until your status becomes clear. 

In the future, we would not recommend putting in the tampon, since blood on a tampon has the status of blood on a bedikah cloth and is treated stringently. 

Do get in touch with us or a local authority prior to assuming that you have become niddah.

When a woman of your age has had a ninety-day interval without bleeding, she is released from the obligation to observe any veset days. (However, if she later menstruates anew three times in a row at intervals shorter than ninety days, or if she establishes over three times a consistent interval that is longer than ninety days, she would have further requirements.) 

Please get back to us with any further questions.


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