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Black discharge on diaphragm

8 October, 2009

Question:

Hi,
Yesterday I discovered on my diaphragm black mucus discharge. Since then I have seen brown/dark yellow mucus discharge after I urinate but never on my colored underwear. I went to the mikvah one week and one day prior to the discovery. I have an irregular cycle and my periods are often heavy staining that don't often require sanitary napkins, but I always have red staining. Am I a niddah?

Thanks.


Answer:

Unfortunately, because a diaphragm is inserted into the vaginal canal, any stain found on it is treated like a stain on a bedikah and we do not apply the leniencies of stains found externally.  Therefore, since the color of the discharge was black, you were rendered niddah.  You must wait until the fifth day to perform your hefsek taharah and begin counting the seven clean days on the following day.

For the future, it is a good idea to avoid looking at the diaphragm until you have finished cleaning it and rinsing out the sink.

You can also review the laws of stains in the articles on our website to help avoid becoming niddah from any further staining.

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


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