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Bleeding from cyst

30 August, 2004


I had a small cyst, following my giving birth three months ago, which prevented me from having any relations with my husband.
My doctor said that the cyst was very small; he extracted it but said it wasn't the problem.
That was 3 weeks ago. But for the past 10 days, the cyst – or another one – was growing rapidly and made it difficult to simply sit or walk…
Last night I decided to take a look at it to see how big it had gotten… I touched it and I started bleeding…
I am breastfeeding full-time so I was wondering what this was about… so I did not touch my husband but did not pronounce myself niddah, I wanted to speak to my doctor and to a rabbi.
I called up my doctor and he told me that the cyst probably "burst open" (which explains also why I barely feel the cyst today) and that I should take antibiotics. He said he didnt think it was my period considering all of this and considering that I am breastfeeding
Now, you guessed it, my question is AM I or AM I NOT??? Do I have to see a doctor to determine it? Please help. Thanks.


If the cyst was in your vagina, and you felt it and then felt that it burst, you can attribute bleeding to this and you are not niddah. This is particularly true if you have not resumed your period due to breastfeeding. If we have misunderstood the facts of the case, please get back to us.

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