Vesatot after uterine ablation
26 December, 2011
I recently had a uterine ablation. Right now (a month post procedure) I am bleeding and am counting this as niddah. I am told by friends who have had this done that you barely get any blood as a period, sometimes you don't even realize it. Do I need to check each month to see if I am in niddah? Do I only check if I "feel" a flow? I had irregular periods before procedure, so I am not even sure when to expect a period.
Thank you so much for your help.
Bleeding after uterine ablation varies from woman to woman, so your friends' experiences are of limited use in determining the halacha here.
In this case where, a month following the procedure, you had bleeding that led you to consider yourself niddah, you should observe veset days. In other words, you should perform a bedikah and abstain from relations on the day of the month and on the thirtieth day (onah beinonit) next month. You will calculate those days based on the beginning of your current bloodflow. (For details, please see our site's section "Onot/ Vesatot".)
You need not check for bleeding at other times, even if you feel liquid exiting the body.
If your bedikot next month do not make you niddah and you do not have another blood flow anytime soon, then there will be no further bedikot to perform. If otherwise, please write back to us for guidance.
We recommend that you review the laws of stains, as by reading our site's articles on "Stains" and "Toilet paper", to avoid becoming a niddah in the future.
Please be in touch with any additional questions.
Our best wishes for a refuah sheleimah!
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.
For further questions or comments:
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.
Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.