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Can You Swim On Your Period? 5 Simple Tips You Should Know

Can You Swim On Your Period? 5 Simple Tips You Should Know

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et in here ladies! There’s nothing worse than making plans to spend the day having fun and you feel that red liquid drop in your panties, your period is here. Sometimes, it comes days earlier than you least expect. How about when you planned to hang out at the beach or pool with your friends? Do you cancel your plans and stay sulking at home? Worse, writhing in pain if you’re one of the ladies with painful cramps? Like, how could you even contemplate swimming thinking you’d leave a pool of blood in your wake? Tips for swimming on your period. 

Now you’re all over google searching for tips for swimming on your period because hang out you must! Well, the good news is that this is 2022 and you can do almost anything, including swimming while on your period. First off, note that swimming at that time of the month is safe, hygienic, and certainly won’t attract sharks. Yup, deep-water lovers need to fear nothing!

Fun fact: Do you know that your period will stop temporarily when you are in the water? It’s physics. The water pressure will work against the force of gravity, thereby counteracting your blood flow. However, if you sneeze, laugh, or cough, the pressure could force some out but not enough to stain the water. Nevertheless, you would need some sort of menstrual product for this adventure. For menstrual pads, the challenge with it is that it would get soaked and become very uncomfortable, so it’s not ideal.

Check out 5 simple tips for swimming on your period…

#1. Use tampons

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So, we go to tampons. Just stick in and you’re good to go. A good tampon lasts for 4-8 hours, so even if you want to spend the whole day swimming, you’d have to change it only twice. Also, because it is inside, there’s no danger of anything going in and coming out. That’s a win-win situation. Just make sure you change your tampon once you come out of the water.

#2. Try menstrual cups

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Another option would be menstrual cups. These ones are reusable, environmentally friendly, and last for up to 12 hours. That’s way longer than tampons. It’s an excellent choice if you’ll swim or hang out around the water for a long time.

#3. Rock waterproof swimsuit

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As the name implies, this type of swimwear is waterproof and helps prevent leakage. Considering that it’s made of absorbent material, it will hold back the little drops of blood that may pop out when you laugh or sneeze. This is another great tip for swimming on your period that works easily.

#4. Wear a dark-colored bikini

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This is perfect when you want to come out of the water without any obvious stains. As stated earlier, the pressure inside the water delays your period while you swim, but that doesn’t mean a stain here and there may not occur. A dark-colored bikini is appropriate as it prevents obvious stains.

#5. Swim in a shallow and controlled water body

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This is for those ladies who enjoy taking a deep in the sea. It’s true that sharks are drawn to blood but menstrual blood isn’t made up of just blood and it hasn’t been proven that sharks are pulled to period blood. However, it’s better to remain safe by swimming in a pool or by not going too deep into the ocean. This way, a shark is less likely to show up to demand your blood.

Note:

  • Swimming actually helps reduce cramps. This is because the endorphins released from the exercise act as painkillers.
  • Keep a bottle of water handy because it’s easier to get dehydrated faster when swimming.
  • However, should blood flow out, it would be neutralized by the chlorine in the pool or by the large body of water (lake, river, ocean) and has no risk of infection whatsoever.

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