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Marriage after menopause

26 April, 2004

Question:

I had an emergency surgery that rendered me menopausal at age 32. I am now 42 and considering marriage.
Am I required to observe some sort of Law of Niddah?

Thank you very much for your opinion.


Answer:

Yes, but only prior to marriage. A woman who has menstruated in the past, however distant, and has not immersed, must undergo the process of becoming tehorah before marriage. There is also a halachic concern that a woman's desire preceding marriage might lead to a special type of niddah bleeding. Therefore, you should perform a hefsek taharah about a week and a half prior to your wedding.  That night you would begin counting seven clean days, with the attending bedikot.  You would immerse in the mikveh following the clean days, before the wedding. The articles on our site should help guide you through each of these stages.

This answer assumes that you are completely post-menopausal with no staining.  Please advise if this does not accurately describe your situation.


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