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I was supposed to go to the Mikvah this past Tuesday, but I started bleeding that morning and it wasnít just staining, it was regular bleeding like the beginning of a period. The bleeding continued until Thursday (yesterday), until I went to my OBGYN. The doctor did an ultrasound and said that the bleeding was from the uterus, seemingly caused by the non-hormonal IUD that I have. This morning (Friday) the bleeding stopped, what should I do now? Do I have to count shivah nekiim again?
AnswerIf in fact there was bleeding from the uterus, and it wasnít just staining, then this does undo the original shivah nekiim. You need a new shivah nekiim beginning with a new hefsek taharah.
Family Purity
I went to the doctor in my 9th week of pregnancy and unfortunately the doctor couldnít find a heartbeat. He checked multiple times and then suggested that I take pills in order to remove the fetus. How does this process work in terms of Hilchos Niddah?
AnswerI am so sorry to hear about your loss, we wish you much bracha and hatzlacha to have many children in the near future. Assuming there is 100% medical confirmation that there is no heartbeat, then you should follow the doctorís suggestion to remove the fetus. There are two options to accomplish this: either D&C (scraping of the uterine lining) or taking pills. Depending on the size of the fetus, pills may be the recommended approach. From a purity perspective, from the moment you start bleeding you must observe the regular rules of niddah. Since the loss occurred more than 40 days after conception, the earliest you can immerse in the mikvah is 14 days from the onset of the bleeding. If you have any questions calculating your mikvah schedule, please do not hesitate to call one of our rabbanim at 718-336-0603.
I am 32 years old. Before we started with fertility treatments, we were childless for 5 years. Now we have 3 children, Baruch Hashem! I have a very low ovarian reserve but we have two embryos from the previous fertility treatment. From a Halachic perspective, am I allowed to go ahead with fertility preservation given the circumstances?
AnswerIt is quite understandable why someone with a low ovarian reserve would inquire about fertility preservation. From a halachic perspective, it is permissible and possibly even encouraged! I suggest that you contact us at 718-336-0603 to speak with one of our experts to help advise how best to proceed.
Family Purity
Is it permissible to clean the vaginal area with a wet cloth before doing the hefsek tahara or the other Bedikot? If so, would one have to wait a certain amount of time between the cleaning with the wet cloth and the Bedikah? Additionally, is it permissible to do the Hefsek Taharah multiple times until it comes out clean? If so, does one have to wait in between each Bedikah?
AnswerIt is recommended to perform a thorough cleaning of the vaginal area to clean and remove residual blood before the hefsek tahara, but not for the subsequent bedikot. In order to make sure there is no confusion, let me review the different terms. The Hefsek Tahara refers to the bedika that is typically performed on the 5th day of the period (day 4 for Sefardim). The objective of this bedika is to confirm that the period has ended and allow the woman to begin counting her 7 clean days on the following day. There is another bedika called the Moch Dachuk, which is the bedika that is inserted following the hefsek - but still before sunset - and it remains in the woman for approximately 40 minutes. Assuming both the Hefsek and the Moch do not contain blood, the following day marks the first of her seven clean days. In other words, if an Ashkenazi womanís period began on Sunday, she would attempt for a Hefsek Tahara and Moch Dachuk on Thursday before sunset. If neither of those 2 bedika clothes have any blood on them, then she is able to begin counting her 7 clean days on Friday and her projected Mikvah night would be the following Thursday night. Back to your question about cleaning the area before the hefsek tahara. The cleaning can be done in whatever way is comfortable for the person, with either a wet cloth or any other way thatís comfortable. One may also perform multiple attempts for a clean hefsek tahara, but itís important to make sure that one doesnít do it too many times, as not to irritate the area. Therefore, itís a good idea to wait in between each Bedikah so that the area has time to recover, remoisten and wonít get too dry which would lead to bleeding when irritated. The truth is there are some Poskim who require one to wait a little bit between each attempted Hefsek Taharah, but others donít require this wait time, especially if a Moch Dachuk will be used.
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