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Shivah neki’im with NuvaRing

11 November, 2008


My wife has begun using the nuva-ring birth control, and has been spotting more than before. She had a good hefsek a few days ago and is in the middle of her sheva nekim, but has now spotted again on her white underwear. Prior to this she also spotted before going into niddah. In the past, we were told that in a situation such as this (where she is spotting more often than usual, most likely because of the nuva-ring) she can wear colored underwear during the sheva nekim. She did not feel or notice a flow. Can she wear colored underwear again in this instance?


Not all spotting disrupts the clean days.  For example, spots smaller in area than a gris (roughly, the size of the American dime or Israeli shekel) do not invalidate the clean days.  The status of spots larger than a gris would depend on their shade.  Yellows and light browns with no hint of red do not disrupt the clean days.  Pinks and browns should be evaluated by a rabbi. Red will generally disrupt the clean days.

Your wife may be able to get through the clean days by changing her underwear more frequently, to reduce the likelihood of larger spots accumulating, and by having any stains of questionable color evaluated.  Additionally, in cases such as these, there is room to reduce the number of bedikot to one a day and to wear a white pantiliner, which may provide grounds for further leniency.

If these solutions do not suffice, there would be a possibility of further reducing the number of bedikot, and colored underwear could be considered.  In this case, please get back to us.  Alternatively, you could contact the rabbi who permitted colored underwear in the past to ask about the current situation.

It often takes two to three months to adjust to a new hormonal method of birth control.  If the staining persists, your wife could consult with her physician about ways to reduce the staining.

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