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Status while staining after veset

4 May, 2016

Question:

My veset was Tuesday and my bedika was clean. On Wednesday and Thursday (today) I have had some questionable colors every time I use the bathroom. The toilet paper has had colors ranging from peach to brown and maroon. There may have even been a streak of red but I am not sure. There have been no stains as I have been wearing dark underwear. Additionally, I am sefardi so I don't believe that toilet paper is mekabel tumah. My question is, since this is ongoing, am I considered in niddah (and if so, what was day 1), or should I do a bedika, or should I just continue to abstain until the coloring stops? Thank you so much:


Answer:

Based on what you write, and that you follow sefardi halachic rulings, what you have seen did not make you niddah.  In situations such as this, we do recommend abstaining from relations until staining abates and it's clear that you have missed your period. This is a precaution against a flow beginning during relations and not a strict halachic requirement. Alternatively, if the staining does develop into a flow, you would become niddah.

You may choose to perform a bedikah at this juncture, which might well make you niddah. This is a judgment call for you to make. On the one hand, a bedikah would give you greater certainty regarding your status and allow you to begin the four- or five-day wait before the clean days. If your periods are generally shorter than the four- or five-day waiting period, this could help you get to mikveh earlier. On the other hand, if your periods are generally longer, a bedikah would probably just extend your total time in niddah, since you would be niddah from the bedikah and would not get to mikveh any sooner. And if you do wind up missing your period, you will have made yourself niddah unnecessarily.

Please write back with any further questions.


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