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Periods after early menopause

15 January, 2003


About three years ago, I went through premature menopause (at age 43) during the course of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer. Recently I started bleeding (irregularly, for about six days every few months) and went to see my ob-gyn. He says that it appears that my system – in long hiatus because of the chemotherapy – is reawakening. That is, my ovaries appear to be producing estrogen, although not necessarily enough to make me ovulate without the addition of progresterone, which my ob-gyn wants to prescribe on at least a quarterly basis. So, where am I? Does this bleeding make me niddah? For Jewish law purposes, am I still considered in menopause or not?


The Jewish laws of niddah apply to any uterine bleeding that is not caused by trauma. It does not matter if you stopped bleeding for a while and then resumed bleeding. In the situation you describe, the laws of niddah and mikveh use would apply to you.

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