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Checking toilet paper in clean days

15 November, 2015


I have had a lot of trouble with spotting since starting the combination pill and am struggling to get 7 clean days. I was given a heter from my Rabbi to do a hefsek, check days 1 and 7 and another day in the middle.

I understand that if you wipe with toilet paper after waiting 15 seconds and see a stain that it may not render a woman niddah for ashkenazim.

Would it be permissible to actively wait 15 seconds and see the toilet paper to determine the best time to do a bedika due to the spotting difficulties? It does feel like 'cheating' but I am also having a really hard time with the constant niddah situation.

Thanks for your help.


Yes, even during the clean days you may purposely check for staining by wiping externally with toilet paper (as long as 15 seconds elapsed after urinating). Any stain you find on the toilet paper may be disregarded and does not invalidate the clean days. If the toilet paper is clear, go ahead with the bedikah. If it is stained, you can try again later in the day (before sunset), or for the bedikah on the "middle" day, wait until the next day to try again. A bedikah must be performed on days 1 and 7.

While irregular bleeding is common during the first 1-3 cycles on the pill, if you are still experiencing frequent staining even beyond that point, we recommend speaking to your doctor about trying a different type of pill (possibly one with a higher dose of estrogen). Different pills affect women differently so you may find you will have less staining issues with another type of pill.

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


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