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Dark yellow stain

25 November, 2015

Question:

I gave birth about 7 weeks ago. I am finally able to get a clean hefsek tahara. I got clean on Tuesday evening and today (Friday) I noticed a dark yellowish (perhaps mixed with a slight brownish tinge, but I am pretty sure I can't see any red) stain on my underwear – larger than a dime. I went to the doctor on Monday who said that she did not see any blood in my uterus and did not know why I would have blood staining (she is a frum doctor). Do you think that this color stain would be blood, even if the doctor did not see any blood in my uterus monday morning? Thanks.


Answer:

Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

Yellow is generally not considered one of the colors of blood, though some browns are.  Even if your staining were blood, it is important to recognize that not all colors of blood make a woman niddah or invalidate her clean days

From what we understand, the stain was yellowish and there was no orange or dark brown. A stain of this color, with no hint of a reddish tint, does not invalidate the clean days. If we have misunderstood, or if you are unsure, we suggest having the stain evaluated by a local rav to determine your status.


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