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Brown on pre-wedding hefsek

16 August, 2003


I’m getting married a week from tomorrow. I have been married before, but am totally new to the practice of family purity. I have always had irregular periods, and have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, although I lost weight and started having my periods more regularly *about* every four weeks most of the time, sometimes up to eight weeks. I went on the pill because I wanted to be able to control my period and go to the mikveh. However, I am having a light brown discharge. I just started the pill with my last period, then skipped the placebos after the 21 days and went directly to the next pack. It’s my 29th day on the pill. it’s Saturday night, I’m getting married a week from tomorrow, and my attempts at a hefsek have all had this light brown discharge. Help!
ps – thank you for your wonderful website.


A color of light or dark brown on a hefsek needs to be evaluated. It is not possible on the website to determine whether it is halachically acceptable or not. Therefore please take it to a halachic authority, since it may in fact be fine and then you could start your seven clean days the next day. Ask how many internal checks you should do considering your medical history and the time constraint of the wedding.

Please note for the future that it is advisable not to skip placebos when first starting the pill if you want to avoid breakthrough bleeding. It is better to gradually add the number of active pills each cycle so that the body slowly adjusts to the new hormones.

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