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Avoiding chupat niddah with Mirena

30 November, 2015

Question:

I had a Mirena IUD inserted at the beginning of May, and my period was quite strange; I thought it stopped but it went on for a really long time. This makes it difficult to predict when my next period will be. I recently got engaged and we are trying to set a date and unsure of how to predict when a time would be when I am not niddah. Also I was wondering if there are options that could help ensure I don't have a chuppat niddah. Thank you.


Answer:

Mazal tov on your upcoming marriage!

It can take up to 6 months for your body to adjust to the Mirena, and unfortunately irregular bleeding is common during this adjustment period. After the initial adjustment period many women experience very light periods, or even no periods at all.

If you are planning your wedding for November or later, you should be fine regarding irregular bleeding and it is likely that even regular menstrual bleeding may no longer be an issue.

However, if you are planning on getting married before then (within 6 months of the insertion of the Mirena), it may be difficult to ensure that you do not have a chupat niddah. You can ask your doctor about taking progesterone temporarily (in addition to the Mirena) to help suppress any bleeding around the time of your wedding. You can show your physican the article on Hormonal Cycle Manipulation for Brides to help him or her better understand your situation. It can be printed out from our sister site for medical professionals, or viewed on our Jewish Women's Health app.

You should also note that not all staining will render a woman niddah, so even if you do experience staining while going through the taharah process, it may not invalidate the clean days. Please see our article on stains for more details.

We hope that the timing will work out in your favor. While we try to avoid a chupat niddah if possible, these situations do occur, and you should try and keep it in perspective that a lifetime of marriage should not be overshadowed by a difficult beginning.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

B'Hatzlacha!

 


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