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Does a woman after menopause go to the mikvah?

by Mrs. Dinka Kumer

  

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A menopausal woman needs to go to Mikvah only if she gets a menstrual period or finds a blood stain1—and only if she is married.

However, a married woman who did not go to the mikvah during her younger years, MUST go to the mikvah once even though her menstrual cycle has ceased. A menstruating woman remains a Niddah until she immerses in a mikvah, and this includes even a post-menopausal woman, who bears her previous niddah status until she goes to the mikvah. Once she immerses in the mikvah, she is no longer niddah, and will likely never be again. Through this immersion, the wife brings holiness into her marriage and draws merit and blessing upon her home and family—including the children she bore in her pre-mikvah era.

Of course, a menopausal woman, even unmarried, may go to the mikvah on the day preceding Yom Kippur, as is customary.

Footnotes

  • 1. A rabbi must be consulted to determine whether a particular stain renders the woman a niddah.

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Life Cycle » Marriage » Family Purity » The Laws

Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
Mikvah
A ritual bath where one immerses to become spiritually pure. After her menstrual cycle, a woman must immerse in the Mikvah before resuming marital relations.
Niddah
A menstruating woman. A niddah may not have intimate relations with her husband until she immerses in a ritual pool of water.