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Hymenal Bleeding (Dam Betulim)

With first intercourse, the hymen (a membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening) is stretched and may tear slightly, leading to bleeding. This bleeding is called dam betulim (blood of virginity). Dam betulim renders a woman niddah by rabbinic enactment.

The laws of dam betulim apply to a virgin bride after first intercourse, whether or not she actually bled.

This section addresses the halachot of dam betulim.

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  Dam Betulim (hymenal bleeding)

Questions & Answers

  Recurring hymenal bleeding
  Stain after second relations
  Continued bleeding after dam betulim
  Dam betulim after medical exams
  Avoiding recurrence of dam betulim
  Difficulty with dam betulim
  Dam betulim for non-virgin
  Remnants of hymen
  Bleeding after dam betulim
  Delaying relations on wedding night
  Hefsek after dam betulim
  Bedikah after second relations?
  Forgot hefsek
  Dam betulim and discomfort
  Partial penetration
  Stains after dam betulim
  Tampons before marriage
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