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Neki’im while spotting

16 June, 2006


I’m the 46 year old who recently became pregnant & gave birth after my gyn took me off the pill. First of all, thank you for your prompt response and wonderful service and internet site (in my own little journey this past year, I went from reading the section on menopause, to those on pregnancy-childbirth-nursing-contraception, and then I guess it will be back to menopause 🙂 ).

In any case, I had a copper IUD inserted this week. Some bleeding the first day, then just slight spotting. The spotting is slight enough that I don’t think it will make me a nidda in the future if I’m careful about colored underwear, not looking after I wipe etc. (I even found black panty liners). However, the bleeding the first day was a flow, not just spotting, so I assume I am a nidda now. Any tips on how to successfully navigate sheva nikiim in case some spotting continues?

Thanks again & shabbat shalom


Mazal tov on your baby’s birth!

Navigating the clean days while there is a possibility of spotting is no simple matter.  First and foremost, don’t hesitate to ask a question of a rav whenever there is a stain or a questionable bedikah.  You may wish to change your white undergarments with more frequency to reduce the possibility of a stain accumulating to larger than a gris (roughly, the size of an Israeli shekel or American dime).  If you are having trouble getting clean bedikot, you should certainly ask about the possibility of reducing the number of bedikot required.  And be sure to continue to be careful not to look after wiping (or to wait at least a few seconds between urinating and wiping — see our article on toilet tissue for more details).

We hope this helps.  Pelase write back with any further questions.

This response was updated on 4 February, 2024.

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