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Reducing nursing, bleeding in clean days

22 December, 2016

Question:

I am 44 years old and my baby is 14 months. I am on the mini pill and nursing is decreasing. I was meant to go to mikvah yesterday or today, and now I am bleeding again. I realized this week I am nursing much less, I was wondering if that was the cause? .I also have high blood pressure. I'm not sure what to do about safe birth control with my situation, any help would be appreciated.


Answer:

Both the use of the minipill and reducing the frequency of breastfeeding can cause irregular bleeding or staining.

It is important to remember that not all staining will render a woman niddah nor invalidate the clean days. Please our articles on stains and toilet paper for a review of the relevant halachot.

We recommend speaking to your doctor about finding an appropriate method of birth control for you. You can discuss the use of the diaphragm or an IUD, both of which are halachically acceptable and good options for women who can't take combined birth control pills.

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

B'Hatzlacha!


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