Pink on tissue after postpartum hefsek
30 November, 2015
I just performed my first Bedikah and moch dachuk since giving birth 6 weeks ago. Both came out clean, however, it was painful to perform, and after using the bathroom afterwards, I noticed a bit of pink on the tissue when I wiped. I feel like this is due to some irritation from the Bedikah. Is this a kosher Bedikah, or am I still considered a niddah?
Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!
Whether your clean days remain valid depends on a few factors, including the exact shade you saw (and under what lighting conditions you saw it) and length of time elapsed between urinating and wiping. For more details, please see our site's article "Toilet Paper."
Another such factor is whether you have a local irritation that might bleed. Given the pain that you experienced and that it is so soon after childbirth, it is possible that you caused yourself irritation. To rely on that for leniency, you would have to visually identify a lesion, have a physical examination to confirm the presence of one, or find blood on the same spot on a cloth repeatedly.
For the near future, you may omit the moch dachuk, since that may cause irritation, whether or not it has already. Please take great care to be gentle performing bedikot. Please write back with any further questions.
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