Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
Menu

Skipping bedikot on onot when expecting spotting

2 January, 2017

Question:

I have the mirena IUD and have very light spotting for most of my so called "period" and am wondering if there are any leniencies regarding the bedikot during the onot. Are there any that I'm allowed to skip because of my situation, or are they all required? I think that most of the time I'd halachically be allowed to ignore my very minimal spotting, but obviously an internal exam would show some blood.


Answer:

Performing a bedikah on an onat perishah is a halachic requirement, and cannot just be waived.  However, in this case, you may perform only the bare minimum: that is to say, one bedikah for each onah, and one onah for each veset (not also the onah beforehand, which is a common stringency). Thus, you should do one bedikah each on the onah beinonit, yom hachodesh, and haflagah.  Since the first two overlap about half the time, this will mean two to three bedikot total for the onot of any given cycle.  

Something else to note is that onot are generally observed only based on a flow, not staining.  So if you previously became niddah only through spotting or through a stained bedikah cloth, you would not observe onot based on your last cycle.  Please get back to us with details if you'd like to further clarify this point.  It also might be helpful to review our articles "Stains" and "Toilet Paper".


This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.


Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.