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I had the mirena iud for the last 3 years and have not gotten my period the last 2 years. i had it removed today and there was no blood when removed. am i a niddah?
AnswerShalom, assuming the cervix was not dilated 3/4 of an inch (19mm), the removal of the IUD will not render you a niddah. In our experience, the doctors do not dilate the cervix anywhere near 19mm for the IUD removal.
3 days ago I saw 1 little drop of blood on my pantyliner and 2 little spots on a tissue. Then last night I got a positive pregnancy test. Does that mean I am niddah?
AnswerB'shaa tova - wonderful news! You are not a niddah because you only saw the "little drop/spots" of blood on a pantyliner and a tissue which are items that are not susceptible to Tumah. Wishing you all the best!
My wife has had the nuvaring for about 2 years At the beginning there was some staining, but for a long time now, she is completely clean until removing it. Do we have to be Poiresh on the Onah Beinonis and for how long? Thank you
AnswerShalom, thanks for reaching out to PUAH! Assuming she removes the nuvaring every month and the period comes a few days later, she would not need to check/abstain on the onah beinonis. The reason is because vestos in general (onoah beinonis, vest hachodesh, vest haflagah) are only relevant when a period comes naturally. The period on the nuvaring, however, doesn't come naturally; it is manipulated by the removal of the nuvaring. Therefore, the only days to abstain are the days that she would typically see her period following the removal of the nuvaring. The halachos of vestos are birth control can be complicated - please feel free to call our hotline if you have any more questions about this. 718-336-0603. Kol tuv!
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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