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Staining on black underwear

1 November, 2016

Question:

I am tehora and feel like I'm staining on black underwear. I obviously can't tell the color exactly, but feel like it's red. I do have hargashos, but established a while ago with three consecutive bedikos that my hargashos aren't blood but clear. From my understanding I can ignore them in general now. My question is, can I ignore the hargashos if I feel I'm staining possibly red. It's "wet" enough to wear a black liner to absorb. If so, until what point can I ignore it – how much staining?


Answer:

Based on what you write, that you have previously established that similar hargashot are associated with clear discharge, they do not affect your niddah status.

The question remaining is whether you have heavy staining on colored underwear (which does not make you niddah) or a light flow (which may, depending on its color).  This is a difficult disctinction to make, and is to a large extent subjective.  Seeing blood exit the body is defined as a flow.  Having enough discharge to need a pad is a common rule of thumb.  Based on your description, it seems that you are not quite at the flow stage.

Even when staining does not make a woman niddah, we advise abstaining from relations until about a day after it has subsided.  This is a precaution against having a flow start during relations and not a strict halachic requirement.

Please get back to us with any follow up questions.


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