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Premenstrual cramps

6 January, 2006


Yesterday, before shkia I felt some pain in my belly (which usually indicates to me that my period is coming) but I could only check myself when it was already dark and my period had actually come. Which day should I consider the first day of my period?


Based on the information you provide, the day you discovered you had your period (i.e. the halachic day that commenced with shekiah – sunset) counts as the first day for the purposes of the five-day minimum and for calculating onot perishah

This cramp could make a difference in the calculation of the five-day minimum if it were a veset haguf.  That would be the case if the cramp only comes in conjunction with menstruation, if menstruation follows within a time period shorter than that between the onset of this cramping and shekiah, and if you therefore abstain from the onset of such cramping. 

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