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Wait required after bowel movement?

3 March, 2012

Question:

With regards to finding a kesem on toilet paper, I was wondering if the rule of waiting more than 15 seconds only applies after urinating or for a bowel movement as well?

Thank you


Answer:

It applies specifically after urinating, as urinating may mask a sensation of menses.  A bowel movement's sensations are in a more clearly distinct region of the body.  In practice, a woman who has a bowel movement after urinating generally waits fifteen seconds for that reason alone.

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