Gilui Arayos as is known is one of the 3 "big avaros" that one has to give up their life for. Is the prohibition of a Niddah considered forbidden to the extent that one would have to give up one's life to avoid violating such a prohibition?

Update: Since there seems to be a discussion in this I'd like to pose another question. According to the one that holds it's not in the category of gilui arayos is it possible still that a niddah is still considered to be an "ervah"? Or do the 2 for sure go along (I heard this point discussed by someone and seems there would be nafkah minas. A possibility would be that we say ein davar sheberva pachos mishnayim, however by a niddah the isha herself is believed -- eid echad.)

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    yeshiva.org.il/wiki/… – Michoel May 7 '13 at 12:13
  • There is a notable difference to usual giluim arayos - the children produced from such unions are mamzerim, but for niddah it's a dispute between R' Akiva (who says the child is a mamzer) and the Chachomim (who say he is not), and we paskin like the chachomim. – gt6989b May 7 '13 at 13:21
  • @gt6989b Rabbi Akiva says lavin make a mamzer but I don't think he says that about Niddah too. – Double AA May 7 '13 at 13:32
  • @DoubleAA I haven't learned it in a while, but I do remember learning that it was his opinion at some point in the past. – gt6989b May 7 '13 at 13:33
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    @Yehoshua I understand and you have a good point, but your terminology is too loose. Where did you come up with this category of gilui arayos that all have the same dinim? There are lots of dinim related to issurei biah (mamzer, kiddushin, yichud, negia, ein davar sheberva pachot mishnayim, context in psukim, kiddush hashem, potrin tzarot meichalitza) and you have to analyze them all separately. Some may have to do with shem erva, or maaseh erva, or because of karet, or chillul hashem etc. Erva and Arayot are the same word. You have to be clearer what category you are comparing niddah to. – Double AA May 7 '13 at 22:39

Torah Lishma Question 494 concludes that it is not something one should get killed for.

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