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Staining after mikveh

28 March, 2005

Question:

My husband and I are really worried about the following issue: Around 4-5 days , or sometimes even 1-2 days straight after having been to the mikveh I tend to have light ovulation bleeding for 2 days and then it stops completely again until I get my normal menstruation. The fact is that we keep niddah and this means that a lot of time we hardly can be together as a couple. Does ovulation bleeding automatically render you niddah or not? What to do about this ? The conventional doctors keep telling us there is not much to do about it: it is normal. But what about niddah ??


Answer:

Not all staining makes one a niddah (see the article on ketamim for further explanation). Wearing colored underwear will reduce the chances of your becoming niddah. You should also avoid looking at toilet paper after urinating. If, despite following this advice, this staining does make you niddah, you should go back to your physician to ask if it is possible to try hormonal intervention, as this is having a major impact on your quality of life. For example, use of the birth control pill will probably reduce this phenomenon (if you are not trying to get pregnant at the moment). You can also refer your physician to our website for medical professionals, www.jewishwomenshealth.org, also available as an app, for further information.


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