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Have you ever seen pine? If the answer is yes, then swimming during your period might look a bit like asking for trouble. The rumors are not true, however, and sharks have absolutely no interest in your discarded uterine lining. So, aspiring swimmers ahoy! Grab a swimsuit and let’s swim your period.
So how do you go swimming on your period?
First and foremost, sanitary towels are unfortunately out of the question – can you say ‘wet diaper’? However, if you’re using a menstrual cup or tampon, you’re in luck! Their protection works just as well in water as on dry land.
However, if you choose to use a tampon, it will also absorb a little water as it absorbs your blood. This is not harmful over a short period of time, but because pool and sea water can harbor bacteria that can bother you vaginal pH and cause infections, it is important to change a tampon immediately before and after you swim.
However, if you swim with a menstrual cup, no liquid can get in, and since the capacity is much higher than a tampon, the chance of leakage is much less. Whichever you choose, just be sure to keep an eye on your flow and empty or change it regularly. If you are concerned, try your protection in the bathtub first to calm yourself down.
Which mug should I choose?
Well, first choose the right cup for each month (daily use, during your period) and when you find the right cup there is no doubt – you can walk, run or swim with it. So let’s remember some basics …
Lilly Cups A and B
Lily Cup is the only cup that can be rolled as thin as a tampon. It’s perfect for those who have a higher cervix or increased blood flow while providing full comfort for the entire period. The incredibly smooth design and beveled edge allow you to use this menstrual cup for up to 8 hours without worries.
Lilly Cup One
This reusable, soft and extremely comfortable menstrual cup is made of medical grade silicone, which makes it safe and protected, especially for first-time users.
Lilly Cup Compact A and B
The world’s first collapsible mug that folds flat and fits in a small protective cover! You can slip it in your backpack, purse or bag and you’re good to go. Then when you need it, it can be opened for up to 8 hours of continuous protection. Problem-free.
What if i’m leaking in the swimming pool or on the beach?
In the unlikely event that you have a small leak – so what! Menstruation is a fact of life, not a shameful secret. Periods happen – women lick. To minimize the risk of unwanted leaks, try to track your cycle.
There is a huge variety to choose from free apps out there (Note & Period tracker are two of our favorites) that are great at tracking your period and predicting future cycles. Once you know your period like the back of your hand, you’ll be cannon shooting like nobody’s business.
Do the periods in the water stop?
The short answer: no. You may have noticed that the back pressure from the water slows your flow a little, but doesn’t stop it completely. Your periods will continue to flow normally, especially if it is one of your heavier days.
While it may seem okay to swim without protection on a lighter day, it would be inconsiderate to other swimmers.
You wouldn’t pee in the pool (we hope), so stay protected even during your period.
Is Swimming On Your Period Good For You?
Dive in, because swimming works wonders for menstruating women! Exercise is generally great for getting rid of bothersome period symptoms, both physical and psychological. Exercise not only creates mood-enhancing endorphins in the brain, it also releases beta-endorphins, the body’s own pain relievers.
These chemicals help Burn prostaglandinsthe chemicals released during menstruation that cause muscle cramps. Do you also know that bloated feeling around your period?
Exercise will make you sweat out those unwanted extra fluids and help relieve the puffy belly. If you exercise regularly, you will generally have milder cramps and flow than people with a more sedentary lifestyle.
Really in a pinch?
If you really need a period-free swim, your doctor may be able to prescribe something to help you. They could either give you a hormonal pill like Norethisterone, to delay your period, or if you are already taking a combination pill, you may be advised to stack two packs on top of each other (do not take your placebo week) and skip your period entirely.
Unless you’re a regular pill user, be aware of the physical and emotional side effects these hormones can bring. Whatever you decide, consult your doctor first as every case is different and your doctor can prescribe the best course of action for you
So there you have it! Swimming is one of the best exercises, and something as natural and healthy as menstruation should never be an obstacle to staying fit and active. So feel the butterfly out, go crazy with this front crawl and swim your heart out – period or no period.