Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
  • donate

Implications of bleeding after relations

11 November, 2015


Is it true that if a woman bleeds/stains after sex 3 times she must divorce her husband? Someone was telling me this and I had never heard this before. It seems so awful.


This halacha pertains to a most unusual case, a woman for whom sexual relations trigger uterine bleeding.  The logic of the law is that if relations cause a woman to become niddah, a couple will never be able to have relations.  

A woman who has a wound or lesion or other medical condition that causes bleeding or who is expecting her period does not fall under this law.  This law only applies if bleeding is found very shortly after relations and only if the three times are consecutive.  

Any time a woman becomes niddah during or right after relations she should contact a halachic authority, because with good advice she will prove herself not subject to this law. Additionally, couples can take simple steps such as using colored sheets, waiting a while after relations to clean themselves, cleaning themselves with colored materials, and not looking deliberately for blood to minimize the chances of any related question arising even once.

Please write back with any further questions.

This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.

Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under

Accessibility Toolbar