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Post menopausal staining

2 January, 2003


Is it required that a woman go to mikveh after menopause if there is any staining? Is there a distinction between period blood and post-menopausal discharge? What if the staining is relatively constant, so that there are not the required number of clean days? Lastly, is there a distinction between natural menopause and menopause caused by the surgical removal of both ovaries?


A woman enters the niddah status when she experiences uterine bleeding that is not of traumatic origin. The most common condition is menstruation, but niddah is NOT synonymous with menstruation. Staining can also cause the niddah status if it meets certain conditions (see Ketamim). It does not matter if this staining is pre or post menopausal. It does not matter if the menopause is a natural phenomenon or surgically induced. If a woman becomes niddah, she completes the entire process, including a five day minimum, seven "clean days" and mikveh immersion, required to exit this status.

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