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Irritation and discomfort with bedikot and moch

20 December, 2011


I got married earlier this year and was taught that a moch may be omitted if you are prone to infection or are a newlywed that was not used to wearing tampons. I fit into that description but I started using a moch last month. However, I was extremely uncomfortable for the duration I had it in. I also get irritated easily when I do bedikot (it varies from month to month). Is this something I should bring up with my Rav? What do you recommend?


Mazal tov on your recent marriage!

In a situation such as yours, where the moch causes extreme discomfort, it may be omitted. Additionally, you may reduce the number of bedikot required during the clean days to one per day to avoid further irritating yourself.

You can also try different brands of bedikah cloths to find which are most comfortable for you. Some women find that the softest cloths can be "home-made" by ripping up well washed cotton garments such as undershirts. Try to avoid irritation by performing the bedikah slowly and gently, and only rotating the cloth once or twice (thoroughly). If necessary you may also slightly dampen the cloth with water.

If you get to a point where bedikot no longer irritate you, you should resume inserting the moch and performing both daily bedikot during the shivah neki'im.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

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