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Told husband that period had started

25 November, 2015

Question:

I am currently taking pills to push off my period and I had some light spotting on toilet paper. I then told my husband that it looks like I have got my period. Since then I have not had any spotting or bleeding. Does my statement make me a Niddah? What shall I do now? I am travelling for the next few weeks.


Answer:

When a woman says she thinks she is in niddah, but she does so out of halachic misunderstanding (or lack of information), it does not make her niddah.  In general, it is best to say you are concerned you might be entering niddah.  But in this situation (and cases like it), your statement did not make you niddah.

That leaves us with the question of what you saw on the toilet paper and under what conditions.  The status of staining on toilet paper is subject to halachic debate and depends on several factors.  Please read our site's article "Toilet Paper" and get back to us with more information or questions.


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