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Distinguishing staining from flow

28 October, 2015

Question:

I'm confused at the quantity of bleeding that would be considered staining vs a light flow.
I have had spotting for a few days now. I needed to change my black liners every few hours for about a 12 hour period (used a tampon but it didn't even get full) . I had some light cramping like a period was coming but the next few days it was very light pink, nothing doing at all.


Answer:

Distinguishing between stain and flow can be more art than science.  When you see blood emerge from your body, that is a flow.  When you have bleeding consistent with a light period day, that is usually considered a flow.  Needing to change a liner every few hours is also usually a good rule of thumb for identifying a flow (though some women are more particular about changing than others).  

It bears noting that blood found on a tampon typically makes a woman niddah even if she is only staining.  (So we usually do not recommend tampon use unless a woman is already in niddah.)

We hope the above helps somewhat with clearing up the confusion.  You can always get in touch with us here or on our hotline with a more specific question, and a conversation on our hotline or with a local yoetzet might be helpful.  

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