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Afternoon spotting, night time period

9 November, 2015

Question:

Hi, I just started my period. I noticed at 4:30 PM what was possibly some spotting – it was on toilet paper that caught my eye as it was flushing down the toilet. At 6:00 PM it was definitely my period starting. My question is, What time to I use to mark my calendar as the start of my period? Since it is the difference of day and night onot? Thank you:


Answer:

Based on your description, it does not sound as though the spotting made you niddah. So we would consider this a night onah for your calendar.  

The five day wait should also begin as of that night.  However, if you considered yourself niddah or acted like you were in niddah out of doubt when you saw the spotting, then the five day wait would begin with the spotting.  Unlike the five-day minimum, the calendar keeping is not affected by your conduct.  It depends solely on when your flow began.

Please write back with any further questions.


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