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Red on toilet paper in clean days

17 August, 2014

Question:

I got a clean hefsek taharah after 6 days. Later that night, I noticed a tiny red blob on the toilet paper when wiping. I know you're not supposed to look but of course I looked. I am thinking it is insignificant because it was so small but please let me know if mikvah night should be delayed another night.

Also I am wondering if it is common to not be able to get a clean hefsek taharah until after 6 or 7 days after childbirth. Does it go back to 5 days eventually? Thanks.


Answer:

Stains found on toilet paper may be disregarded as long as 15 seconds elapsed after urinating before wiping. In a situation of doubt (you may have waited 15 seconds but are unsure), as long as you didn't wipe immediately after urinating, you may disregard the stain found.

Only if you are certain that you did not wait 15 seconds after urinating before wiping, and the stain was clearly reddish, then your clean days were interrupted. The bedikah from the following day counts as your new hefsek taharah, and the day after that would be your new day 1.

It is common for a woman's periods to change after giving birth. It is possible that with time your periods may revert to what was normal for you before you had your baby. It is also possible that you may be able to get an acceptable hefsek taharah on the 5th day, even if you are still experiencing some residual staining. You should clean yourself out well to get rid of any old blood (soaking in a warm bath may help). If the hefsek or any subsequent bedikot are stained, you can bring them to a rabbi for evaluation, since there are many shades of brown that are acceptable.

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

B'Hatzlacha!


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