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

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
  • donate
Side Bar

Brown stains from old blood

11 February, 2016


Hi there – thank you for taking the time to look over my niddah question. I was in the second day of my sheva niki'im, and had medium or light brown discharge that I know for sure is from old blood. (I guess it didn't come out of my system right away, but I am on the pill and am positive it's not from anything new.) The stain was on white cotton. I am inclined to think that it should be just fine and that I can continue with my sheva neki'im, but I want to make sure. Many, many thanks.


If the stain was found externally (i.e., not on a bedikah), and was smaller than a gris (the size of a US dime or Israeli shekel), it may be disregarded and did not invalidate your clean days.

If it was found on a bedikah, or if it was larger than a gris and found on a white fabric, it may have invalidated the clean days depending on the shade of brown. Light browns (the color of coffee with milk) with no reddish hue may be disregarded. Any other shade of brown needs to be evaluated by a halachic authority. The fact that it was likely old blood and that you are on the pill does not allow you to disregard a potentially problematic stain.

Please read our article on stains for more details, and feel free to get back to us 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