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Very light periods after uterine ablation

29 January, 2017

Question:

I had an uterine ablation 8 months ago, since then I have had a very light period which some months I have ignored. I just don't know whether or not I am cheating. I only need to wear a panty liner and even this is mostly unnecessary.

The problem only seems to arise when I go to the toilet for a bowel movement – I always wait 15 seconds before wiping and try not to look into the bowl, but at times when I do there is definitely red in the bowl and on the toilet paper. Am I allowed not to look? Am I making myself Nidda for no reason?

This light bleeding happens for 5 days every month. This time I ignored it for 2 days and we abstained from relations, but I only made myself Nidda on day 3, when I saw blood in the toilet bowl. Can I count the first 2 days as part of the 5 days? Or can I only start from day 3?


Answer:

As long as you do not experience an actual flow of blood (comparable to a period), you may take precautions against becoming niddah from this staining. This is true even if the staining occurs consistently every month.

Blood found on toilet paper may be disregarded and does not render you niddah as long as you waited 15 seconds after urinating before wiping. Blood found in the toilet bowl or on the toilet seat may be disregarded even if you didn't wait 15 seconds.

There is no requirement to look in the toilet or at the toilet paper. If you want to check toilet paper to be aware of any staining, we recommend that you wait 15 seconds before wiping and then look at the toilet paper, since blood found on the toilet paper in such circumstances would not make you niddah.

The five day minimum begins when you actually become niddah. Since you did not consider yourself actually niddah until day 3, that is the point you may start your five day minimum, even though you separated earlier as a precaution.

Going forward, unless you experience a flow, you should wear colored underwear (or disposable pantyliners), and wait 15 seconds after urinating before wiping to avoid becoming niddah from the staining. We do recommend abstaining from intercourse until 24 hours after the staining subsides even if the staining does not make you niddah.

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

B'Hatzlacha!


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