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Ovulating on Day 6 of cycle

29 December, 2016

Question:

I have been trying to get pregnant with my second child for almost a year. I started using ovulation tests, and it turns out I ovulate on or around Day 6 of Niddah – meaning, for example, if I get my period on a Friday, I ovulate on Tuesday or Wednesday. My bleeding stops after three days which is the frustrating part because I count the full 5 days (I am clean after day 3) and then the additional 7 but I ovulate on or around day 6 of the total 12 days. I have been using the ovulation sticks for a couple of months now and was hoping it was just a one-time thing but it is clearly something in my system that is now making me ovulate during the 12 day niddah period which is why I am unable to conceive. That is why I need to know what I can do – if there's a possibility to receive a heter in this case to go to mikveh early.


Answer:

We are sorry to hear of your difficulties conceiving.

Six days into the cycle is very early to ovulate and can be associated with medical difficulties conceiving, in particular because the uterine lining is not thick at that stage of the cycle and the egg is immature.

Please see a physician as soon as possible in order to confirm your timing, and to discuss possible causes and treatment (including the medical possibilities for pushing off ovulation).

Once you have more information, please be in touch with us, so that we can help you put your medical information together with halachic guidelines.

Your physician may find it helpful to read about halachic infertility on our sister site for healthcare providers, jewishwomenshealth.org, also available as an app. You could print out these links, on diagnosis and treatment, and bring them to your visit, or download the app so he can read them on your phone.  

Please write back with any further questions.


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