Bedikot with prolapse
I have B'H 6 children. The problem is I don't know how to do a bedikka anymore. I feel that the shape/position of my cervix/vagina has changed .The cervix feels very low like sticking out in the vagina. I was once told that you mustn't touch the cervix when doing a bedika. I am just not comfortable when I do a bedika, and then I feel that I'm not doing it properly. How far in must I go? Please can you clarify? Thank you.
A bedikah should be performed as deeply as is comfortable, making sure to take care to rotate to touch the internal surfaces along the sides of the vaginal canal. Halacha certainly allows for touching the cervix when performing a bedikah. But you should take care to be very gentle, as rough handling may lead to irritation or even bleeding.
Healthwise, it sounds as though you may have a prolapse, meaning that the cervix is hanging down lower than it should be. This is a fairly common situation after giving birth to six children. Since prolapse can sometimes present complications, we recommend seeing your physician for an examination. A prolapse may be medically treated in a number of ways, depending on its severity.
Please write back with any further questions.
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.