Have you been told it’s not safe to swim during your period? If so, you are being misled. Swimming during menstruation is absolutely fine for you.
In fact, when you’re menstruating, you can do pretty much anything you do at all other times of the month. Yes, this includes everything from swimming to sex.
Facts About Swimming and Menstruation
Most of the information you find recommending limiting physical activity during your period is based on cultural beliefs, taboos, and myths about menstruation. Being in water during menstruation does not increase the risk of infection.
Also, nothing happens to your body during your period, which can make you more vulnerable to injury while swimming.
Another common fear of swimming in the sea during menstruation is the belief that menstrual blood will attract sharks. While this sounds like a compelling reason to give up swimming, there’s no evidence that menstruating men are more likely to attract sharks than others.
The most important thing to consider when swimming on your period is to make sure you have adequate protection to control the bleeding.
Menstrual products for swimming
The best options for menstrual supplies for swimming are tampons or menstrual cups. Pads don’t work because once wet, they can’t absorb your menstrual flow. There may be visible stains on your swimsuit and some of your flow will leak into the water.
When swimming with a tampon, you may need a tampon that is more absorbent. Some of the water will be absorbed by the tampon, causing it to swell a bit and be less absorbent for your flow.
You may find that you have to change tampons more frequently. Bring extras so you can replace them after swimming. As always, don’t use a tampon for more than eight hours, as this increases the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
If you’re used to using a menstrual cup, it’s a great option for swimming because it won’t absorb any water that might get into your vagina.
The benefits of swimming during your period
Not only is it safe to go swimming during your period, it’s also a good idea. Staying active has been shown to help relieve the cramps and fatigue some people experience during menstruation.
Swimming, in particular, can be very helpful. Since your body floats in the water, you may not notice the bloating discomfort you may experience during your period. Gentle non-swimming water sports have also been shown to be very helpful in managing periods of pain.
Swimming or other water sports can be a great way to relieve menstrual pain and stress. Even if you’re just wading at the beach, don’t let your period stop you from enjoying a good day in the sun. Just don’t forget to bring some extra tampons along with your sunscreen.
Dealing with Dysmenorrhea and Dysmenorrhea
From competitive swimming to soaking in a hot tub, it’s great to be in the water during your period. Not only is it very safe, but it also has therapeutic properties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will water stop your period?
Yes, but not necessarily completely. The water pressure should temporarily stop your period, but if you laugh, sneeze, or cough, blood may ooze. If your period is light, you may be swimming. However, water is unlikely to hinder heavy periods.
What can I wear when swimming during my period?
Wear a tampon or menstrual cup while swimming to control your period. Consider using one size larger than your usual tampon when swimming. A tampon may absorb a small amount of moisture, so sizing can help ensure it still controls your flow. Changing tampons after swimming can help prevent leaks.
Menstrual cups do not absorb water and can be used as usual when swimming.
Will sharks attack you if you swim in the sea during your period?
There is no evidence to support fears that swimming during your period will attract sharks. While sharks can smell blood and other bodily fluids underwater, their ability to do so is exaggerated. Also, many women dive safely during their period. There was no link to an increased risk of shark bites in menstruating women.