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Ovulating before mikveh?

15 February, 2005


Getting Pregnant with a short cycle and long bleed
I wonder if you can offer some advice. I tend to have a cycle of 25 to 28 days. I also do not seem able to get a clean hefsek prior to seven days from becoming niddah – occasionally this goes to nine days. I am very frustrated that I will be unable to conceive since I am only with my husband for the week or ten days prior to becoming niddah again. My hefseks are invalid due to brown spotting or mucus. What can I do, as the mitzvah of pru orvu is very important to me and I feel a clash of two mitzvot? Please help – thanks!


1) Make sure you are asking a halachic question about the hefsek taharah and bedikot if they are any color other than bright red. When asking, make sure to indicate how few days you have available and how difficult this is for you.  Cloths do not need to be completely "clean"; there is often room for leniency in brown discharges. Be sure to state how many days have passed since you started bleeding.

2) An ovulation test can help determine if your situation is in fact affecting your ability to conceive. If you establish that you are consistently ovulating prior to immersion, you might consider medical intervention under the guidance of a physician. Please see the article on Halachic Infertility on our website for a more extensive discussion of the available options.

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