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Brown staining – no period

10 August, 2009


I recently started a new birth control (Loestrin 24) and am currently on the 4th day of the placebos (there are only 4 placebos in this one and 24 actives). I'm staining very lightly and it's all brown. I haven't really looked at toilet paper (10 seconds later) and have been wearing colored underwear. What is my status? This is technically my period (the doctor said this can happen), but is really only staining. Does this constitute niddah? I don't think I will get anything more than this.

Thank you:


Some women do not have a flow on contraceptive pills.  In cases like yours, where there is only light staining on colored undergarments, the woman does not become niddah.  If the situation does not change, you will remain tehorah until you next have a flow. 

Our site's policy is to be lenient with looking at toilet paper fifteen seconds after use, but there are differing approaches to this issue.  For more information on the laws of stains and toilet paper, please see our site's articles in the "Stains" section under "Becoming Niddah".

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