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Stains after relations

9 July, 2015


Thank you so much for this useful site, it honestly is a lifesaver for me.

With regard to stains found after relations, I read on your site that this is a potentially very problematic situation. On a couple of occasions I have seen such stains on toilet paper when cleaning up after relations, or on our colored sheets. Are these stains only a problem if found within 15 seconds after intercourse?

Thank you so much.


Blood found during or immediately after relations does present a complex halachic situation. While some opinions are only strict regarding blood found within 15 seconds of intercourse, other opinions consider blood found within a minute or two of intercourse to be in this category as well. Therefore we recommend waiting a few minutes after relations before getting up to clean/wipe yourselves off. Try not to look for any stains as well (especially on the husband, since blood stains found on the male organ will render the woman niddah and are considered problematic even if found after a few minutes have passed since relations). You should also take care to wait 15 seconds after urinating before wiping in order to disregard any stains found on toilet paper.

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

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