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Bleeding after missed pills

4 April, 2016

Question:

Sunday night, after sheva neki'im, I went to the mikvah and my husband and I b"H enjoyed a beautiful mikvah night. However, Monday afternoon, I started bleeding again. Today (Tuesday), the bleeding is almost gone. I had accidentally missed taking my birth control pill for a couple of days, so I'm guessing that's why the bleeding happened in the first place. Do I now have to start sheva neki'im all over again and go to the mikvah again?? Am I actually a niddah if it's not real period blood?


Answer:

Uterine bleeding makes a woman niddah.  When a woman misses a couple of pills, that can bring on withdrawal bleeding, which is uterine.  So yes, if you had a blood flow, you now have a new five-day wait followed by seven clean days and immersion.  

If what you had was staining, however, then there is a possibility that it did not make you niddah.  For more information, please see our site's articles "Stains" and "Toilet Paper" and then please get back to us with any follow up questions.

Please note that missing a few pills can also reduce the efficacy of the birth control.


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