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Worst Period Story: Sleepover Nightmare!

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Anonymous Reader writes:

This worst period story is about my SLEEPOVER NIGHTMARE!

It was my best friends birthday, she was having a sleepover at her house. They wanted to go swimming and me being on my period refused.

I didn’t want to tell them the truth because none of them have gotten it yet. I told them I forgot my bathing suit and well my sister did too.

We went to the mall and her grandpa offered to buy me and my sister a bathing suit. My sister got a bathing suit and when we got back they tried to push me in the pool (swim suit or not).

After an hour of fighting them off we decided to watch a movie and set up our beds.

I was sleeping on an air mattress, her grandpa gave me WHITE sheets and a WHITE blanket.

I didn’t think the blood would soak through my pad but it did.. When I woke up I felt it, the damp spots on my shorts.

Everyone was still sleeping so I tried to clean myself up. I changed and put on a new pad, put toilet paper on my panties too because they were still wet >.> (I should’ve brought an extra pair of panties).

Everyone woke up and her grandpa came to grab the blankets and sheets. I put the sheet in a ball and handed it to him to wash.

I’m not sure if her grandpa found out or seen the stain but I left right after that. I told no one.

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Swimming on your period

Can you go swimming on your period?

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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.

Tips on Swimming On Your Period
You can’t wear a pad

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.

Tampax Radiant Tampons with leakguard braid

You can swim on your period when you wear a tampon

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.

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You can swim on your period when you wear a menstrual cup

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.


You don’t have to swim on your period. You can sit out and it’s okay.

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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