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UTI and bedikot

26 May, 2019


Hi, thank you for you website!!

I did my 1st hefsek a few days ago and around 3 days later had an unclean bedikah and was rendered niddah by my Rav. I then started my clean days again and have had perfectly clean bedikot until today where I again found bright red blood on my morning bedikah.

I have a bladder infection (UTI) – do you think this has anything to do with my spotting?

Regards and thanks for your help!


A bladder infection can cause some spotting and there are times that stains on underwear can be attributed to this condition. However, in the case of stains on a bedikah cloth, there is a higher standard of proof. We cannot just assume the blood is from the UTI, we need to know for sure. Therefore, at this point you unfortunately have to consider your clean days to have been invalidated and start over again.

Due to the spotting you are experiencing we recommend reducing the number of bedikot to the hefsek taharah and one each on days 1, 7, and one of the intermediate clean days.

It might be worthwhile to make an appointment with your physician to see if the cause of your bleeding can be determined. If there is such a finding, you should ask your question again with the new information. Bleeding from a lesion (dam makkah) does not make a woman niddah or affect the clean days.

In any event, if the problem persists, you should consult with your doctor to see if there is any explanation for the bleeding and any possible or necessary treatment.

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

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