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Bleeding two days after mikveh while weaning

8 November, 2015

Question:

Due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, I recently became niddah for the first time in 2 years. I am on the mini pill and in the process of weaning my daughter, so my hormones are out of whack. I got a clean hefsek taharah, had 7 clean days, and went to the mikvah. 2 days later, I began to bleed again – heavy enough flow to put me in niddah, but I'm not sure if I am actually menstruating. If the bleeding is not a real period and does not last an extended period of time, do I need to wait the full 5 days before I do a bedikah and start counting 7 clean days?
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Answer:

Uterine bleeding makes a woman niddah.  This is the case even when the bleeding is not a real period.  A woman in niddah is required to wait the five days (where day one is the day she becomes niddah), perform a hefsek taharah no earlier than day five, and count seven clean days.  So you will have to go through the full process, even though this flow began so soon after immersion.

Spotting or irregular bleeding are very common as the body adjusts to weaning.  You may find it helpful to review our site's articles on stains, "Ketamim" and "Toilet Paper" for information about related halachot.  You may also wish to consult with your physician at this stage about the possibility of switching to a combined estrogen-progesterone pill, which is often associated with less staining.

Please write back with any further questions.

Shanah tovah!


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