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Brown stains during neki’im with IUD

18 October, 2006


RE: Staining on the 4th and 5th days of sheva nikiim

For medical reasons I received a heter to use an iud. I started using it in one year ago. Boruch Hashem I did not have much staining from it.
However over the last three months, on the 4th and 5th days of the 7 clean days I starting seeing large brown stains on my bedika cloth and some staining [brown color] on my underwear. This has never happened to me before.

Any ideas on why this is happening? Why the 4th and 5th day only?

Have you come across anyone with a similar issue?


On a halachic level, please note that not all brown colors invalidate the clean days.  Some shades of brown are acceptable on a bedikah cloth and on white underwear worn during the clean days.  Thus, it is of utmost importance to bring these bedikot and stained undergarments to a halachic authority for evaluation.  Be sure to explain what has been happening over the last three months. You should also ask whether you should continue to do bedikot every day during the clean days, or whether to omit some bedikot

If these colors do not invalidate the clean days, and if they are consistent, your rabbi or yoetzet may teach you to evaluate some of the shades for yourself.

In any case, and especially if the colors do invalidate your clean days, we suggest that you approach your physician to evaluate this new phenomenon. After such a long time of stain-free use, it is possible that the staining is not connected to the IUD.  He/she may also be able to suggest some solutions if the staining does invalidate the clean days.

Please don't hesitate to write back with any further questions.

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