Immersion after total hysterectomy
5 November, 2016
I had a vaginal total hysterectomy 6 weeks ago. I had vaginal bleeding post surgery. I have recently been cleared for bathing and swimming.
I was a tehora at the time of surgery. What do I do regarding the mikva?
Bleeding or spotting after a total hysterectomy is generally from the vaginal wall. The blood is not hormonal blood from the uterus (dam niddah) but the result of trauma (dam makkah) and, as such, does not render a woman niddah. As long as you were not in niddah going into the procedure, the procedure should not render you niddah.
However, a total hysterectomy is the last time a woman could potentially have uterine bleeding. Therefore, even if the hysterectomy did not render you niddah, we generally recommend immersing one final time, once a week has passed following the procedure, without bedikot and without reciting a bracha over the immersion. Since you had the procedure six weeks ago, you may immerse as soon as is convenient for you.
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