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Staining at ovulation

16 November, 2004

Question:

My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years. This month, when I was on day 33 of my cycle, I began spotting, but very lightly. This lasted a day and a half. I assumed when I saw the first sign on the toilet paper that it was the beginning of my period and my husband and I stopped having relations. After I saw it was only a light spotting, I called my doctor. I went in for an appointment and after taking my blood and checking my hormone levels, it turned out that the spotting was actually a sign of my ovulating. I did some research online and found that many women spot when they ovulate. Given that we keep taharat hamishpacha, what should I do? The only chance for me to finally get pregnant is when I ovulate, but if I spot when I ovulate, does this mean I am unable to be with my husband? Does ovulation spotting make me a niddah? Thanks so much for your help.


Answer:

Spotting during ovulation on one occasion does not establish that you always spot at ovulation, halachically or medically.  You are not obligated, and not advised, to check every month if you are spotting. You should avoid looking at toilet paper.

Relations are permitted unless you have spotting that makes you a niddah. Not all spotting does. Please refer to our article on ketamim (stains) for guidelines.

There are procedures that can help you learn to identify the best time for relations in order to conceive. Please see the article on fertility awareness for more information.


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