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Subtotal hysterectomy

18 August, 2006


I had a subtotal abdominal hysterectomy three weeks ago. I still have my ovaries and cervix. My surgeon told me that some women experience spotting for several months post-op during what would have been the time of their menses. This bleeding is from a "tongue" of endometrial tissue that sometimes remains in the cervix even after cauterization. If this does happen to me, will it render me a niddah?

Thank you.


Since bleeding could continue from endometrial tissue, vaginal bleeding will render you niddah unless it can be shown to be from elsewhere, such as a lesion that is seen in the vaginal canal.

We strongly suggest the preventative measures of wearing colored underwear and avoiding looking at toilet paper at all times when you are not niddah, and reading our article on stains (ketamim) to get an idea what to do when experiencing ketamim.

We wish you refuah shleimah.

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