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Distinguishing staining from flow

28 October, 2015


I'm confused at the quantity of bleeding that would be considered staining vs a light flow.
I have had spotting for a few days now. I needed to change my black liners every few hours for about a 12 hour period (used a tampon but it didn't even get full) . I had some light cramping like a period was coming but the next few days it was very light pink, nothing doing at all.


Distinguishing between stain and flow can be more art than science.  When you see blood emerge from your body, that is a flow.  When you have bleeding consistent with a light period day, that is usually considered a flow.  Needing to change a liner every few hours is also usually a good rule of thumb for identifying a flow (though some women are more particular about changing than others).  

It bears noting that blood found on a tampon typically makes a woman niddah even if she is only staining.  (So we usually do not recommend tampon use unless a woman is already in niddah.)

We hope the above helps somewhat with clearing up the confusion.  You can always get in touch with us here or on our hotline with a more specific question, and a conversation on our hotline or with a local yoetzet might be helpful.  

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