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Stains on pale pink sheet

8 April, 2006


I found two blood stains (each probably bigger than a dime), on my sheet in the morning after having intercourse. It may have something to do with the fact that I am starting menopause (I just turned 49) . I see that if it was on a colored sheet the "stain is not taken into account" meaning it is not a problem as I understand it. My question is whether the sheet is considered colored if it is a dark pink design on a very light pink background?
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There is some debate about the status of very light pastels.  Our halachic position is to treat light pastels (other than off-white) as a colored surface.  Thus, light pink is a colored surface and stains on it without hargashah do not render a woman niddah.

Nevertheless, as a precaution against having relations when a flow begins, we would recommend abstaining from relations for at least twenty-four hours, or until you are sure the staining has ceased.

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