Mikveh after total hysterectomy?
1 September, 2022
I am more than 15 years past my last period (67 years old). I did have some bleeding that the doctor said was from my uterus, after the bursting of a polyp and a hysteroscopy, so the rav said I had to go to the mikveh and toivel with a bracha. I did that, a little after two months ago.
Last week, I had a laparascopic total hysterectomy. The surgeon said that, during the surgery itself, an instrument was inserted into the cervix; However, it was not of a diameter greater than 18mm.
I see from your posted answers that after a hysterectomy, a woman would normally just have to wait seven days and then go to the mikveh without a bracha. It sounds like no big deal to go one more time, but frankly, I’d rather not.
If I do need to go to the mikveh now again (let’s hope not), I understand that I don’t need to do bedikot or wear white. Should I also assume that I don’t make a bracha?
Thank you so much!
Depending on how the procedure is done, in some cases a hysterectomy makes a woman niddah, and tevilah is necessary afterwards.
In your case, based on your surgeon’s report of the size of the instruments, you are not required to immerse. A final one-time immersion, without a bracha, is still halachically recommended. However, if you feel very strongly that you wish to forgo this tevilah, that is acceptable.
Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.
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