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Extending cycles, staining on onah beinonit

12 February, 2017

Question:

First I just wanted to say thank you for your amazing site and service.

My gynecologist told me I can use the NuvaRing continuously to avoid my period, and when my period breaks through after a few months I can take a week's break.

I just did this for the first time and experienced light spotting (which I saw on toilet paper after 15 seconds and on colored underwear) on my ona beinonit. I don't think I am Nidda (unless you say otherwise) but is it ok to wait for the spotting to stop to do a Bedika? What follow up bedikot should I do in the coming months?


Answer:

There are different opinions about how to keep vesatot while using hormonal contraception. We follow the position that once you have established a pattern (either a specific day or limited range of days) of when you begin bleeding after stopping the active hormones (in this case, after removing the NuvaRing), that is your veset kavua, and you need not observe the usual vesatot of yom hachodesh, haflagah, or onah beinonit.

That means if you usually begin your flow on the second day after removing the ring, that would be your veset kavua. If you begin bleeding sometimes on day 2, sometimes on day 3, you would observe both of those days as an extended veset.

This is true even if you extend your cycle and insert rings back to back. The only veset you would observe is two days after your remove the ring for your week-long break.

Therefore, if you have established some type of pattern on the NuvaRing, you are not required to perform a bedikah on your onah beinonit.

If you are just starting out with NuvaRing, and haven't established any type of pattern yet, then you are required to observe the usual vesatot. You need to observe the onah beinonit and perform a bedikah on that day, even though staining on the bedikah may render you niddah.

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

B'Hatzlacha!


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