Tampon & mikveh for conversion
13 January, 2021
Would a tampon count as chatzitzah in the case of a woman who is undergoing conversion? I know it’s ok for her to go in the mikveh, but what, if any, feminine hygiene product should/can be used?
A tampon may have the status of a chatzitzah for a woman immersing in a mikveh for conversion, so it should not be inserted for the immersion. However, a tampon (or any other sanitary product) can be used before and after, removed just for the immersion itself. A bit of wet menstrual blood on the body is not considered a chatzitzah.
If the woman is bleeding enough that there are sanitary concerns for mikveh, or if she would feel embarrassed, the immersion should be pushed off for a time when the bleeding is lighter.
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