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External sensation and stain

28 April, 2014


Hello, I am currently using a Mirena IUD that was placed 2.5 months ago and have not had a normal period since (only spotting). While sitting on my couch, I felt external leaking similar to passage of urine. When I went to the bathroom, I saw a red stain the size of US quarter on my blue colored underwear. I have seen nothing since then. What do I do and am I niddah? Thank you in advance.


Based on your description, you are not niddah from the stain you found.

Stains found on colored underwear may be disregarded and do not render you niddah, unless accompanied by a hargashah. We follow the halachic position that an external flow of liquid is not considered a hargashah (as opposed to an internal sensation of liquid flowing – which would be considered a hargashah). Therefore, the stain you saw on your underwear may be disregarded and did not render you niddah.

We do recommend abstaining from intercourse until 24 hours after the staining subsides so your status may be fully clarified. See our article on conduct while staining for further details.

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


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