1 November, 2015
Hi, thank you so much for this great site.
I was wondering what's the halacha with hemorrhoids. Are you considered a nidah if you believe it's external? Does it affect the mikvah in any way?
If you find a stain on toilet paper/in the toilet or on your underwear, and you have reason to believe the stain was caused by hemorrhoids (due to the location of the stain, or you experienced pain during a bowel movement, you know you have bleeding hemorrhoids, etc.), you may attribute the stain to that source and disregard it. It does not render you niddah, invalidate the clean days, or affect mikvah.
Please note that it is problematic to attribute stains to other sources at the time you expect your period. Therefore, you should take extra care at that time to wear colored underwear and wait 15 seconds after urinating before wiping, in order to disregard stains found on your underwear or on toilet paper.
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