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Short cycle & staining in clean days

21 May, 2009

Question:

Shalom –

I have a 26 day cycle. My husband and I have not been blessed with children and we are anxious about it because I am 40 and he is 45. All medical tests have come back that we are both "normal".

My rabbi said I could count 4 days and then seven white days, because I was ovulating before I went to mikvah.

This cycle my first white day there was too much of the wrong colour in my underwear. I'm afraid we'll miss having relations in time to get pregnant, IY"H, this month.

What can I do?


Answer:

Do not assume the staining invalidated your clean days. You should bring your underwear to your rabbi for evaluation. Further, you should change your underwear frequently during the clean days to prevent stains from accumulating to the size of a gris. Please read our article on stains for further details.

If staining persists, you should speak to your rabbi about the possibility of wearing colored underwear during the clean days and/or reducing the number of bedikot required.

Since there is already a lower chance of conception at your age, you may wish to seek medical intervention. You can print out for your physician our articles on "Infertility Caused by Jewish Law" from our sister-site for medical professionals www.jewishwomenshealth.org. There are a number of medical treatments that can delay ovulation, and you should work with your physician to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

B'Hatzlacha!


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