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Cervicitis

22 October, 2014

Question:

Thank you for this very helpful site and for the opportunity to ask uncomfortable questions in such a discreet forum.

I am 55 and have recently entered menopause. I have had a Mirena device for the last 4 years. I have had no trace of bleeding for nearly 3 years. About 5 days ago I started light, intermittent bleeding. I saw my gynaecologist today. She says she thinks I have cervicitis due to hormone imbalance and I am bleeding from the cervix, not the uterus. She has taken a swab for analysis and should have the results in 3 or 4 days.

My question is this: If I am indeed menopausal and the bleeding is being caused by inflammation of the cervix, and not from the uterus, does this render me niddah? If so, how do I deal with this, as she has warned me that the bleeding could linger for quite some time. She will only know exactly how to treat it once she has the test results. Meanwhile I have already been bleeding for 5 days, and right now the bleeding is heavy as a direct result of the trauma from the invasive examination and swab and there is no way I am going to get a clean hefsek tomorrow. Please advise how I must proceed. Thanks in advance.


Answer:

Based on what you write, if the physician is able to confirm the cause of the bleeding as cervicitis, then the bleeding is considered blood from a wound, dam makkah.  (If otherwise, please get back to us with details.)

Dam makkah does not make a woman niddah.  No separation or process of becoming tehorah is required for the duration of the bleeding associated with cervicitis.

We wish you a refuah sheleimah!


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