Halachic Infertility describes the condition of a woman who ovulates before she has been to the mikvah, making marital relations with her husband impossible at the optimal (or perhaps only) time for fertility. This may be caused by a woman who has extended bleeding or spotting, “early” ovulation, a misread of problematic bedikah or stain colors or another relevant medical issue, all of which delay her ability to immerse in a mikvah at the proper time. As a Fertility Consultant who works with halachic infertility, I have found several treatment options.
Happily, the most common and basic issue to address is women who become halachically infertile as a result of confusion about problematic bedikot or stain colors. Many women may not be aware that for both bedikot and stains, there is a range of halachically permissible colors. Seeking out a teacher, Rav or yoetzet with whom to consult and to make sure that the color of her vaginal and cervical fluids (sometimes referred to as “discharge” or “mucus”) is or is not problematic, can alleviate waiting extra, unnecessary time before immersion. (The Eden Center also runs a course called “Taharah in Living Color” in which women are taught about stains and colors. We are happy to bring it to any community online or in person.)
In the event of truly problematic colors and stains due to prolonged bleeding or spotting, there are many halachic solutions that can alleviate the problem. These include; eliminating the moch, limiting bedikot to the minimum required amount (the hefsek taharah and an additional exam on both the first day and the last day of the shivah neki’im), the wearing of colored underwear during these 7 days, allowing those who consider stains on toilet paper to be problematic to ignore such stains, using alternative insemination before the scheduled date of the mikvah, permitting a reduction of minimum days required before the hefsek taharah and more. A competen