11 December, 2008
do i need to go to the mikva after having the IUD taken out? what if i spot?
There is debate whether the removal of an IUD will render a woman niddah. The position of the posek of our website is that you would not become niddah. Therefore, the best time to have the IUD removed is after you have been to mikveh. In that case, the bleeding that results can be attributed to trauma from the procedure (dam makkah) until the time that you expect your next period.
Generally there is some bleeding and spotting for a number of days up to a week. You should wear colored underwear and not look at toilet paper after urinating. Although you will not be niddah, you should also, as a precaution, avoid having relations until the staining subsides.
If your IUD is the type that releases hormones (Mirena), please get back to us for more information.
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