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Stain on husband’s leg

7 November, 2019



I have had a Mirena IUD for the past 2+ years. Once a month, I have light spotting that lasts for several days. I have consulted with Nishmat Yoatzot regarding my spotting, and I have been told that it is not problematic, and of course, during the days of spotting, to refrain from intercourse until 24 hours after noticing any spotting.

This question arose today: I was with my husband, and after laying together for a bit, we got up, and my husband felt something on his upper leg, and when he brushed it off with his hand, he noticed that it was a mucus-like fluid with some red/pink colored tinge/spot. Shortly afterwards, I realized that it is just around the time of my “monthly spotting.” Is the spot that my husband found on himself problematic?


We appreciate the sensitive nature of this question. It can be challenging to navigate that staining that often occurs with Mirena.

Since the fluid was not found immediately after intercourse (i.e., some time had passed), it did not automatically render you niddah. The usual laws of stains (ketamim) apply.

Therefore, if the stain was smaller than a gris (the size of a US dime or Israeli shekel), it may be disregarded. If it was larger than a gris, and you did not transfer the stain to a white cloth to be evaluated, you should assume that it did render you niddah, since reddish/pinkish stains are generally a niddah color.

(Please note that the halacha of blood found on the male member after relations is more stringent, even when not found immediately after intercourse. To head off potential future questions, it would be advisable for your husband to clean himself without looking, using a dark towel or disposable tissues.)

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

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