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Small stains on pantiliners

10 November, 2015


I am BH 10 weeks pregnant. Even though I was told to only wear dark underwear, I can't go through the work day without wearing liners. I saw a couple of spots on the liners that looked brownish and were smaller than a dime, on Friday.

Please advise me on what to do.

Thank you:


B'Sha'ah Tovah!

Stains found on disposable pantyliners may be disregarded since it is a surface that is not susceptible to tum'ah. Stains smaller than a dime may also be disregarded, on any surface. Therefore you were not rendered niddah from the stains you saw. (Note that even brownish stains larger than a dime on white underwear are sometimes permissible; the color would need to be evaluated by a halachic authority.)

You should continue taking precautions against becoming niddah from further staining by wearing colored underwear or disposable pantyliners, and waiting 15 seconds after urinating before wiping (in order to disregard stains found on the toilet paper).

While it is normal to experience some irregular staining during pregnancy, if it continues or intensifies you should consult with your doctor.

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


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