Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
  • donate
Side Bar

Hymenal bleeding, married seven months

4 March, 2018


I have a question regarding hymenal bleeding.

I’ve been married for 7 months, and each time we have any penetrative intercourse, I experience pain, and begin bleeding. The bleeding usually occurs after going to the washroom for the first time afterwards, and is bright red in color, appearing both in the toilet and on the toilet paper, but does not last beyond that first time going to the washroom.

I usually put on a pad afterwards, and have no blood appear.

Does this bleeding make me Niddah?


Mazal tov on your recent marriage!

This appears to be hymenal bleeding, or dam betulim. A kallah becomes niddah from dam betulim the first time the couple completes relations, whether or not she sees blood. On subsequent occasions, hymenal bleeding makes you niddah only if it meets the usual criteria for stains.

Blood found in the toilet does not make you niddah. Blood found on toilet paper could make you niddah if you are Ashkenazi and you wiped yourself immediately after intercourse or of urinating. To avoid becoming niddah from staining, we recommend the following precautions:

  • Use colored sheets.
  • After intercourse, both you and your husband should clean yourselves only with colored towels or disposable tissues, and not within 15 seconds after the conclusion of relations.
  • Wear colored underwear and/or disposable pads or pantiliners.
  • Wait at least a few seconds (ideally 15 seconds) between urinating and wiping.
  • Please see our articles on toilet paper, stains, and bleeding after marital relations for more details, and feel free to get back to us with any additional questions.

We also recommend consulting your physician about why you are continuing to experience pain and bleeding after seven months of marriage.


This response has been updated to reflect the rulings of our current Rabbinic Supervisor, Rav Kenneth Auman, regarding waiting before wiping.

This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.

Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under

Accessibility Toolbar