A number of times after my wife has been to the Mikvah (but not every time) she is ill on that night with symptoms very much like a stomach bug and each time has been up for hours in the night in a lot of pain and being sick several times. After a few hours, she is able to go to sleep and feels a lot better by morning. She often does seem to complain of discomfort before she goes, but it has happened about 5 or 6 times on the night she has gone and it seems very improbable that it could be a coincidence. Has anyone else experienced/heard of this kind of problem and/or does anyone know what might be the cause of it?

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    you need to think about neurovegetative symptoms of anxiety
    – kouty
    Feb 14 '17 at 10:28
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    Sounds like something which you should try talking to the Rabbi of the community about. He can look into the mikva status as far as health is concerned, and can speak to the mikva attendant to figure out if there appears to be clues of a physical or emotional question going on here.
    – NJM
    Feb 14 '17 at 12:56
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    It sounds like women can give you a better answer to this than men. I have heard, unfortunately, of "unsanitary" mikva'ot. I've also, sadly, seen a few, myself (not while people were there, of course.) That MIGHT be the problem. You should inquire how often the mikvah is cleaned and who is inspecting the cleanliness. More easily, you or your wife might glean some info from other community women. There shouldn't be any complaints from anyone about cleanliness. If there are even one or two, I think it's something to carefully consider.
    – DanF
    Feb 14 '17 at 14:57
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    Try a different Mikvah? Feb 14 '17 at 16:34
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    I'd be surprised if it is the Mikvah - pretty sure it is the largest and busiest one in town and seems to have continual refurbishment work going on there and my wife thought she could smell chlorine in the water so I think they do take at least some measures to ensure hygiene. I think it falls under the auspices of our local Beth Din, not an individual Rabbi, and there are a number of different attendants so don't think that would help (I think there are about 15 rooms there). I could contact the Beth Din and see if they have had any complaints I suppose.
    – user14203
    Feb 14 '17 at 19:18

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