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Red spotting after bedikot

30/11/2015

Question:

I got married 3 months ago, and I have been on the pill for 2 months (we have not been able to have sexual intercourse). For the past week I have had my period and now for the last 4 days every time I do a bedikah I get blood again after 10 minutes, only a small amount of blood but still clear that is it red.
I was wondering what should I do. Every time I do a bedikah I am clean and there is nothing on the cloth, but afterwards I see blood.


Answer:

Mazal tov on your recent wedding!

It is fairly common for a couple to need some time and practice before consummating. At this stage, however, we think it would be helpful for you to discuss the difficulties you have experienced in more direct detail, either with us here or on our phone hotline. Sometimes a small adjustment can make a big difference.

If we understand you correctly, your bedikot have been clear.  Following the bedikot you see red blood.  The blood you see after the bedikah may not affect your clean days, depending on where you see it and its size.  For example, if you find it on your undergarment and it is smaller in area than a gris (roughly the American dime or Israeli shekel), then it does not invalidate the clean days and you may continue. To provide you more guidance, we would need more information about the blood quantity and where it is found.

Based on your description, it sounds very likely that you have a makkah, a wound, in the vaginal area.  You could try looking in the mirror to see if you can locate an irritated external area that bleeds on contact.  Also, seeing a physician for an exam might help you both to address this bleeding pattern and to receive information related to intercourse.  

Please be back in touch with more details, again here or on our phone hotline.


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