Egg retrieval during clean days
6 December, 2009
I am scheduled to undergo an egg retrieval on day 5 or 6 of the shiva niki'im. This will likely cause non–uterine bleeding so bedikas will be a problem on the days following the procedure. Can I still go to the mikvah on the evening after day 7?
Bleeding following egg retrieval is considered dam makkah (blood from a wound), but you should have a bedikah on the last day of your shivah neki'im.
Therefore, you should do one bedikah in the morning before the procedure. Between that bedikah and day seven, do not perform any bedikot. If you think you can get a clean bedikah in the late afternoon of day seven, do a bedikah then and then immerse that night. If not, you could perform a bedikah the following afternoon and immerse that night. If you try a bedikah and find either blood or a questionable color, it should be evaluated by a rabbi; you should make sure to inform him of the procedure. If your bleeding does not seem to be letting up by day seven, please contact a local halachic authority or our telephone hotline.
If you could reschedule your procedure for day seven of the clean days, then your bedikah the morning of the procedure before it takes place would satisfy the requirement for a bedikah on day seven and no further bedikah (or delay) would be required. Staining following the procedure on that day could be ignored.
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