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Ovulating too early

21 February, 2009


I ovulate, having the egg-white-like discharge which indicates ovulation, on my 5th clean day. By the time I immerse it’s already two days later. I just got married. What do I do?


Mazal tov on your recent wedding!

We appreciate your fertility concern.

As a first step, please verify that you are getting to mikveh as soon as halachically possible. Colors other than bright red do not necessarily invalidate a hefsek taharah or bedikah and should be brought to a halachic authority for evaluation, explaining your concern about ovulating before mikveh.

Discharge such as you describe is associated with ovulation. However, tracking additional signs of ovulation can often provide a more accurate date. So we suggest you check your basal body temperature and cervical position as well. Ovulation urine test sticks, available over the counter at the pharmacy, can also help determine if you are in fact consistently ovulating prior to immersion.

If that is the case over a few months, rest assured that there are a variety of medical and halachic remedies available. Please see our article on ovulation before immersion for more detailed information.

You may find it helpful to consult a Yoetzet Halacha Fertility Counselor with your concerns. (This is a free service, details here.)

This response was updated on 13 December, 2020.

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