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Irritation and bleeding postpartum

29 May, 2021

Question:

Thank you for all your help always!

B”H I am 8 months postpartum– a while ago I got confirmed that my cervix is prone to bleeding, but it has been a few months since that was confirmed.

After relations this week I saw red on toilet paper/tissues after wiping the vaginal area – I kept checking the toilet paper after wiping even though I know it is better not to because I was concerned about what was going on. It lasted about two days and kept getting lighter and then went away. I assume it is because of irritation from relations as it is still painful for me after baby.

I am Sephardic and I know they are usually more lenient with toilet paper/tissues– is the opinion still lenient even though I kept looking? Thank you!


Answer:

According to Sephardic psak stains on toilet paper may be disregarded. This is true even if you checked repeatedly.

You should wear colored underwear or pantyliners in order to disregard stains found on your underwear.

We also recommend using lubrication and going slowly during intimacy to try to prevent any further staining. If the pain continues we recommend consulting with your doctor. After intercourse you should wait a minute or two before getting up and/or wiping yourselves. Be sure to use a colored towel or tissue to wipe yourselves and do not look for any staining.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.


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