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Red spot on moch – from cut?

5 October, 2008


Today was the 6th day of my period. After bathing and cleansing myself internally, I got a clean hefsek. Upon taking out the moch, I found a tiny red spot. Throughout the process of cleansing myself and doing a hefsek I felt that the vaginal area had become irritated. It was clear that the small red spot came from the small cut which had formed from the irritation. Also, being that it was the end of my cycle, any blood I would have found would have been a darker shade, but the spot I found was lighter than usual. Can I go with that and consider it a clean moch?


If you are sure that you have a cut that is bleeding (i.e., either successive bedikot had spots of blood in the same location, or you or a physician or bodeket examining you saw the cut), you may continue to count your clean days.  Otherwise, you should perform a new hefsek taharah, omitting the moch dachuk.

Please note that, even when there is a cut, the hefsek taharah itself and one of the first day's bedikot should be free of even a blood spot from a cut.  Please get back to us if this becomes an issue.

In the future, please take care to be more gentle in your preparations.  If you feel that the area is irritated, and are worried that there may even be a cut, you may omit the moch dachuk.

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