Light brown on sheet
7 November, 2019
Hi! My husband and I noticed that the sheet was stained light brown. I’m on birth control and I skipped the placebo so I wouldn’t get my period while on vacation. I didn’t see anything when I wiped afterwards. What is the halacha?
A light brown stain with no hint of a reddish tint does not make a woman niddah. Based on what you write, your status is unchanged. You may wish to abstain for a day as a precuation against a flow beginning during relations. But that is merely a precaution and not a strict halachic requirement.
Going forward, you should be careful to take precautions against becoming niddah unnecessarily from staining. Please see our article on Stains for details. If you are staying in a hotel with white sheets, you may want to look for something colored that you can place over the sheet.
It is fine to check toilet paper used to wipe externally in order to ascertain whether you are staining – but only if you wiped at least 15 seconds after urinating. You should avoid doing internal bedikot that aren’t halachically required, since blood found internally is treated much more stringently.
Please write back with any further questions.
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