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Soreness and staining after postpartum relations

29 December, 2015


I had a baby six and a half weeks ago and was able to go to the mikvah two nights ago. I was told to limit my bedikot because I was seeing blood when using the bathroom. When I went to my six week appointment last week, the doctor prescribed me estrogen cream because she said I was very dry and tight and it would help me to heal better.

After I had relations with my husband I felt extreme pain and soreness. I knew I was bleeding but didn't actually see anything because I didn't look. I have been wearing colored underwear and not been looking when I use the bathroom. I have been noticing that I have stains on my underwear, but since it's colored I have been ignoring it.

Am I doing the right thing by ignoring the stains or am I niddah?


Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

Based on what you write, that you have experienced pain but have not seen any blood aside from stains on colored underwear, you are not considered niddah and need not do anything different.  We do, however, recommend that you abstain from relations until the staining subsides, as a precaution against a flow beginning during relations.  (Please note that this is a recommendation and not a strict halachic requirement.)

If your pain with intercourse does not improve significantly within two weeks despite the use of the cream, we suggest that you return to your physician for further help and evaluation.

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