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Shortening neki’im during fertility treatment

5 April, 2005


I am undergoing fertility treatment and due the pills I had 4 days of menstruation (red stains) and 4 more days of brown stains. The doctor says that I shouldn’t wait for the seven blood-free days because I am going to lose the fertility days. What should I do?


We're sorry to hear of your situation. 

It is absolutely prohibited to have relations during the clean days without counting the full seven and immersing first.  However, in situations such as yours, women have had success with artificial insemination during the seven days.  We would recommend artificial insemination this cycle when you ovulate, if your window is during the clean days.

Not all colors render a woman a niddah.  In cases such as yours, brown might be acceptable on a hefsek taharah and subsequent bedikot. In the future, please contact a local rabbi as soon as red staining stops to increase your chances of an earlier hefsek taharah. The number of bedikot required during the seven clean days can also be reduced. Make sure to mention the fertility treatment when asking the question.

Please also review the laws of stains. While a flow of red blood will render you niddah, it is often possible avoid becoming niddah from staining that does not become a flow.

Please write back with any further questions.  You may also wish to contact Machon Puah, which specializes in providing halachic counsel to couples undergoing infertility treatments.

We wish you success with your treatment.

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