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Estrogen patch and mikveh

24 August, 2020

Question:

I am undergoing IVF treatment for the second time and am now in the phase of taking estrogen. One of the forms is through patches that I need to keep on at all times. I was wondering if I need to take them off for my immersion in the mikveh, risking it having a negative effect on my treatment or do I keep them on?


Answer:

In this situation, you should remove the patch (and clean any residue from your skin) just before immersion, and replace it with a new patch right afterwards.

We checked in with a fertility specialist to confirm that this should not have a negative effect on your treatment. Of course you should consult your physician with any questions.

We wish you success in your treatment. If you’d like more detailed guidance on fertility and halacha, please consider using our new Yoatzot Halacha Fertility Counselors service, details here.


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