Okay so you have swim class or a pool party coming up and you’re going to get your period during that time – Eeek!
But don’t worry! The good news is you don’t have to miss class or that awesome pool party because yes, you can totally go swimming on your period!
I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about swimming on your period.
Pads absorb liquids and that includes the pool water. Even if you wear an ultra-thin pad and wear shorts to cover it, a pad in the water will poof up and won’t absorb your period.
Tampons are worn inside your body to absorb your period before it leaves your body.
When you change your tampon, you may find that your tampon is a little wet at the bottom closer to the string. This is because a tiny bit of pool water enters your vagina when you go swimming. That’s completely normal and your tampon just absorbs it.
Menstrual cups are a great option and many athletes actually choose to wear them for their comfort and reliability. There’s no age limit on who can wear them and they can be worn for up to 12 hours of leak-proof protection. Menstrual cups are reusable soft silicone cups that like tampons are worn inside the vagina however, instead of absorbing your period, it works by collecting your period in the cup.
Menstrual cups stay in place by forming a vacuum seal with the soft edges of the cup by pressing against your vaginal walls. You won’t be able to feel a menstrual cup when it’s inside you.
One of the best and easiest to use menstrual cups is the award winning DivaCup.
Another option is the Instead SoftCup. It’s a little different from the silicone cups and are worn higher up in your vagina right below your cervix.
Periods are complicated. For whatever reason if on the day of your period, you just don’t feel like swimming – just tell your friends or your coach that you can’t swim that day. They will understand – TRUST me on this one.
Wearing a tampon or menstrual cup is a personal choice. If you don’t want to do that then that’s completely fine.
If you could not figure out how to wear a tampon or menstrual cup in time for your pool party or swim practice – that is completely fine too.
You may feel unwell during your period. Sometimes your cramps may be too much for you to go swimming and that is completely okay.
It is not a big deal to sit out. Just tell your coach in private or send a message to your friends. It may seem embarrassing but as you get older, you will realize that it is really not a big deal.
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