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Pap smear during neki’im

19 August, 2004

Question:

I have just been reading your information on scheduling a pap smear. I am only able to schedule it for the forth or fifth day of my clean days. You suggest that until the third day there are stringencies. What is the difference between the days after this. Would staining in day four to six (I know day seven is an issue) make me niddah again?
Thank you


Answer:

Staining in days four through six of the clean days is subject to the same leniencies as staining at any time in the cycle, including attribution of a stain to an outside cause. Days one to three are more stringent regarding attribution. (Please see our article on stains (ketamim) for more details.) 

Bedikot are treated much more stringently than external stains. If you find blood on a bedikah and suspect it is from the Pap smear, you should consult your rabbi.

Try to schedule your appointment for late afternoon or early evening, so that you perform both your morning and afternoon bedikot prior to your appointment.  If you need to schedule for earlier in the day, perform your morning bedikah before the appointment and skip your afternoon bedikah.


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