Getting a quicker hefsek
31 August, 2019
Hi. I’m wondering if you have any tips on helping one to get clean faster to be able to make a hefsek tahara on time. Meaning, having less days of bleeding. Thank you.
Unfortunately, there is no simple tried and true way to reduce the duration of bleeding without hormonal intervention.
Anecdotally, we’ve heard of a few natural methods for reducing the days of bleeding. These include: drinking lemon juice at the beginning of the cycle, taking alfalfa or bioflavonoids, using a menstrual cup rather than pads or tampons, and even just being particular to eat breakfast every day and cut down on sugars and white flour. Sometimes, sitting and soaking in a bath can also help a woman get a hefsek taharah sooner.
That being said, a woman eager to shorten the time spent in niddah should review the laws of the hefsek taharah and of staining. She should be sure to clean herself very well prior to making a hefsek taharah and to bring any questionable colors on the hefsek taharah or bedikot for halachic evaluation, rather than assume they are unacceptable.
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