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Mikveh with urethral inflammation

12 April, 2009


Hi, I am supposed to start counting my clean days this Monday. However, I saw my urologist for a procedure in the hospital (a cystoscopy) and he told me I had a bad inflammation of my urethra and I could not have relations for 3 weeks. Should I still go ahead and count and go to the mikvah even though I can not have relations until a week after my mikvah date? Or should I wait to count and go to the mikvah on the date my doctor said I can resume relations? Thanks.


You may delay immersion to coincide with the resumption of relations.

However, you also could make a hefsek taharah, count clean days, and immerse as soon as you are able for the possibility of relaxing the harchakot and enjoying other forms of physical closeness.  If you prefer to do this, please first check in with your physician about the medical advisability of performing bedikot at this stage and get back to us or your rabbi to see if the number of bedikot required can be reduced accordingly.

You may find it helpful to refer your doctor to the section of our website designed for medical professionals, Jewish Women’s Health, which has material explaining the laws of niddah to physicians.

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