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Period on seventh clean day

6 August, 2009

Question:

I was married 4 months ago and am still trying to get a handle on niddah laws.

I am on the minipill and I discovered spotting at a time when I was not expecting my period. In fact, I discovered spotting during the sixth clean day (before sunset). I thought this must be some kind of strange breakthrough bleeding.

My husband took my underwear to the Rabbi on the very evening of the day that I discovered the spotting. We wanted to know if I could still go to the mikveh the following evening. The Rabbi told us the spotting on the underwear was OK and I could go to the mikveh the following evening.

The next morning, I awoke to discover that my period had begun. From what day can I count day 1 of the 5 day count? From the day I discovered the spotting or from the day that I realized I had my full on period? Does the Rabbi's ruling that the spotting was not my period have a bearing on this psak?

Thank you. I truly appreciate your help.


Answer:

Mazal tov on your recent wedding!

You begin counting the five day minimum from the time you become niddah. Since you began bleeding again during your clean days, and many days have passed from the time you originally became niddah, there is no need for a new five day waiting period. Thus, you may begin counting a new seven clean days as soon as the bleeding stops.

The Rabbi's psak has no bearing on this question. Once a woman is niddah, she does not need a new five day minimum unless she has already immersed and become tehorah.

You will calculate your onah next cycle from the day the actual flow began.

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


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