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Staining three months postpartum

27 October, 2011


Hi, I'm 27 yrs. old and after my third baby KA"H. I'm currently 3 months postpartum and dealing with staining, cramping and discharge that is usually clear but occasionally colored. This is my first time dealing with this and I wanted to know if my condition requires me to seek medical attention or if this is normal.

I've been staining on and off from about one month postpartum. I managed to do a hefsek taharah and almost get seven clean days, till the last bedikah right before going to the Mikvah was an issue. Shortly after that I was able to get another seven clean days and then a week or two after Mikvah the staining started again, forcing me to do another Hefsek Taharah, and then again right before leaving to the Mikvah the last bedikah was a light red.

I was wondering if there was any sort of natural remedy or something that I can do to help with the staining. It's just frustrating to keep on doing hefsek Tahara's and then to start staining at the very end and then be forced to start the long process all over again. Thanks, any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Mazal tov on the recent birth of your baby!

It is not uncommon for post-partum bleeding to stop and start up again within the first 6-8 weeks after birth. After this point, the staining may be caused by hormonal changes due to breastfeeding or use of the minipill (progesterone-only pills). If neither of those are applicable we do recommend consulting with your physician to rule out any other cause of bleeding.

We are not familiar with a specific natural remedy to help with irregular staining. However, it is possible that the staining found on the bedikot is caused by irritation. The vaginal tissue still may be sensitive, especially if you are breastfeeding. To help you get through the clean days we recommend reducing the number of bedikot to one per day instead of two to help avoid irritating yourself. Additionally, if you suspect a stain on a bedikah is due to a wound or irritation (there was either discomfort or dryness while performing the bedikah) you should be examined by a doctor or bodeket taharah to check for any wounds capable of bleeding. If she finds such a wound you may disregard the stain on the bedikah and continue your count.

Finally, once you are able to immerse, you should take precautions against becoming niddah from further staining by wearing colored underwear, and avoid looking at toilet paper within 15 seconds of urinating.

Please read our section on Stains for further details.


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