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Clot with a bit of red

5 August, 2009


I am 5 and a half weeks postpartum and in the middle of my 7 neki'im. My staining until now has been a golden yellow which I know is fine. Today, when i went to change my liner I felt something weird and went to feel it and it was a small clot which ended up on my finger. The clot was a brownish golden color but i saw a very small shred of red in it. I wiped it on blue toilet paper and flushed it. Did this invalidate my 7 days….should I start again?


Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

If the "clot" got on your hand from the liner, or landed on your hand without your having directly touched your vagina, we could treat the clot as a stain.  Stains are subject to certain leniencies, among these that a yellow stain with a small bit of red in it that is smaller in area than a gris (roughly, the area of an American dime or Israeli shekel) does not invalidate the clean days.  So if this is the case, you can continue your clean days without delay.

However, if the "clot" got on your hand from your hand directly touching your vagina, then we would have to treat the clot stringently and you would have to make a new hefsek taharah and count a new set of clean days.

Please get back to us with any further questions.

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