Is it ok to swim on my period?
Can you go swimming on your period?
The short answer is yes you can go swimming on your period. You do not have to change your usual activities or avoid the swimming pool during your menstrual period. However you will need to use period products to absorb your menstrual flow while you swim or are in the water.
You won't leave a bloody trail in the water!
Some people find the water pressure can restrict your period flow temporarily during swimming but you won't have stopped bleeding. As soon as you get out of the pool you would be at risk of blood being visible. It is important that you use tampons, a menstrual cup or period swimwear while swimming. Sanitary pads and pantyliners are not the best option as they will absorb water and become ineffective, uncomfortable and visible.
Can you wear a menstrual cup while swimming?
Absolutely! Menstrual cups are ideal for swimming on your period. Menstrual cups collect blood and hold the menstrual fluid inside your vagina until you get out to empty them.
Menstrual cups are made from high grade medical grade silicone are invisible to others and once in the right position you won't be able to feel them. Menstrual cups can be worn for up to eight hours however I'd recommend you empty your cup straight after swimming as some pool water may have got into the cup when you were moving.
Swimming can relieve period cramps
Exercise such as swimming on your period can help reduce menstrual cramps and period pain. During exercise the body produces endorphins which help relax and relieve pain and increase your sense of wellbeing.
You can delay your period for swimming (and holidays)
If you use the normal combination hormone pill you have a chance to skip a period or delay them. Speak to your Doctor for options if you would like to delay your period for a special occasion.
What if I can't use a tampon or menstrual cup?
Waterproof absorbent swimwear looks just like normal swim wear but have been specifically designed to absorb period flow while swimming and stop leaks.
Period swimwear is available in swimming costumes or bikini bottoms.
Period swimwear is very popular with teenagers who aren't ready for internal menstrual protection. There is no longer a reason for your teen to miss out on water fun or a day at the pool due to their period.
Will you get eaten by a shark because of your period?
Ok this question is for fun!
According to the Florida Natural History Museum menstrual blood in the water could be detected by a shark just like any other bodily f