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Insemination before mikveh

18 March, 2004

Question:

I have recently started fertility treament and I am scheduled for a sonogram on day 12 of my cycle which happens to be Friday. I will be going to the mikveh on Friday night as well. At this point my doctor would like to start inseminations on Saturday. Since I observe Shabbat, I need to reschedule my sonogram for Thursday day 11 instead which would result in the insemination treatment on Friday morning. It is this halachically ok as I would be receiving the insemination treatment before I go to the mikveh?

Thank you.


Answer:

Though there is some preference to being inseminated after going to the mikveh, being inseminated prior to immersion is not prohibited by most halachic authorities. 

You should go ahead with the treatments as planned.  Since your treatment will take place after sunrise on the seventh day of the clean days, it does not delay immersion. (Treatment before day seven would entail a four-day delay of immersion.)  Thus, you may go to the mikveh as planned Friday night.


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