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Premenstrual stains & pains

16 May, 2006


I usually get my period three days after stopping the pill. On that day I checked before sunset, after checking a couple of times with a bedika cloth I did see a very small red stain on the cloth, and informed my husband that I am Nidda. However, there was no further sign of bleeding until the following morning. Can I still count that day as the first of the five days?

Second question: I sometimes get pain in my leg veins on the day I start my period. Would having the leg pain in itself constitute a hargasha?


Even a tiny red spot on a bedikah cloth renders a woman niddah. You were therefore correct in separating, and may count the day you did the bedikah as the first of the five day minimum.

Since the pain in your legs is not consistent with the criteria of hargashah described in halachic literature (generally the feeling of the opening of the uterus to let out blood), what you are experiencing is probably not a hargashah. It might, however, be a veset haguf. We suggest you read our article on veset haguf, and get back to us for further instruction if you think your leg pain meets the description of this veset.

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