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Egg retrieval during clean days

6 December, 2009


I am scheduled to undergo an egg retrieval on day 5 or 6 of the shiva niki’im. This will likely cause non-uterine bleeding so bedikas will be a problem on the days following the procedure. Can I still go to the mikvah on the evening after day 7?


Egg retrieval typically takes place on day twelve or thirteen of the cycle, and thus often falls out during the clean days. Bleeding following egg retrieval is considered dam makkah (blood from a wound), but you do need an acceptable bedikah on the last day of your shivah neki’im.

Therefore, you should do one bedikah in the morning before the procedure. Between that bedikah and day seven, do not perform any bedikot.

If you think you can get a clean bedikah in the late afternoon of day seven, do a bedikah then and then immerse that night. If not, you could perform a bedikah the following afternoon and immerse that night. The shivah neki’im remain valid as long as no more than five days elapse without a bedikah.

If you try a bedikah and find either blood or a questionable color, it should be evaluated by a halachic authority who is aware of the procedure.

If your bleeding does not seem to be letting up by day seven, please contact a local halachic authority or our telephone hotline.

As you navigate fertility treatment, it may also prove helpful to arrange a free consultation with a Yoetzet Halacha Fertility Counselor, details here.


This response was updated on 3 June, 2021.

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