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Stain on bathroom floor

26 February, 2024

Question:

Before showering last night, I used the bathroom, wiped and then got up to walk to the shower. I felt a slight trickle down one of my legs but I didn’t look, stepped into the shower and began washing myself as usual. During the shower I noticed two drops of pinkish/reddish liquid on the stone bathroom floor between the toilet and the shower. I did not see anything leave my body, nor did I see any stains on my body or on any other area of the bathroom.

What is my status?


Answer:

Thank you for reaching out to us.

Based on your description, that the only sensation you felt was wetness on a leg and the only thing that you saw was on the stone bathroom floor, you are not considered niddah.

Stone (and flooring in general) is considered a surface that is not susceptible to ritual impurity, so stains on it do not make a woman niddah. Learn more here.

As a precaution against a flow beginning during relations, we usually advise refraining from relations for a day or so after non-niddah staining. This is a recommendation and not a halachic requirement.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


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