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Irregular cycle, light spotting

8 November, 2015


My last period was over 50 days ago and was 10 days late. I'm normally very regular (32 days). I have been off of birth control for 9 months now trying to conceive and was recently diagnosed with a thyroid condition and am now taking medication for it. I thought I would get my period by now (I know I'm not pregnant as we checked that in blood test) and 5 days ago I was ever so slightly spotting. Not enough to wear a pad or tampon and nothing bright red and no flow. It's light and more yellow orange if anything. Today is the 6th day and it decreased even more. I have been considering myself a niddah but wondering if I am? Thanks.


Not all staining makes a woman niddah.  For example, spotting found on colored undergarments does not make a woman niddah.  For more information, please see our site's articles "Ketamim" and "Toilet Paper."

When staining does make a woman niddah, it is sometimes possible to achieve a hefsek taharah even before staining has totally ceased.  A hefsek taharah and bedikah cloths need not be entirely clear, and any questions should be brought for halachic evaluation rather than presumed to invalidate the clean days.

When staining does not make a woman niddah, we usually recommend abstaining from relations for twenty-four hours as a precaution against the staining becoming a flow.  Please note that this is a recommendation and not a strict halachic requirement.

At this stage, we do suggest consulting with your physician about your efforts to conceive and possible effects of your medication.

Please write back with any further questions.

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