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Can you swim while on your period?

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โˆ™ 13y ago

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Yes, it is quite possible to swim while having your period by using tampons, which are small, cylindrical-shaped cotton usually inside an applicator, that one can push into the vagina in order to absorb the blood and prevent it from flowing out. The vagina's muscles will automatically "grab onto" a correctly placed tampon, and so you needn't worry about it falling out while swimming. For some people, however, the comfort level of swimming while menstruating is greatly decreased by menstrual cramps, which can get worse depending on the temperature of the water. However, some people take common over-the-counter pain/inflammation relieving drugs such as ibuprofen, Aleve, or aspirin, which usually allow for comfortable swimming.

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โˆ™ 8y ago

You can use any of the following products to go swimming on your period:

  • Tampons.
  • Soft tampons.
  • Menstrual sponges.
  • Menstrual cups.
  • Diaphragms.
  • Softcups.

You can't use a pad when you're in the water - the blood would not flow down into the pad while in the water, the pad would be saturated with water so unable to absorb blood even if it did reach the pad, and the pad would come unstuck if using disposable pads. Menstrual cups are the best option because as well as safer than tampons they can be worn with light flow, don't absorb water, and don't leak.
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โˆ™ 10y ago

It is perfectly safe to go swimming while having your period. Exercise is good for you. You should wear a snug fitting tampon in consideration of the other swimmers. You may want to change it periodically for a long day at the pool. Also, with nothing blocking the flow, your swimsuit may get stained and that would be extremely embarrassing for you and make a very bad impression on anyone who notices it.

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โˆ™ 13y ago

Yes you can go swimming if you are on your period, but i think you have to wear a tampon because when you get out of the water you will be bleeding and maybe you wouldn't want to tell everyone that you are on your period.

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โˆ™ 9y ago

If you are still bleeding heavily, choose a pad that's as thick as you can handle having under your swimsuit, and plan to get out and change it every hour or two. Pads are ideal for swimming in water that is murkier or darker, such as a lake or river. If you wear one in a swimming pool, consider wearing board shorts over your swimsuit to cover any bulkiness.

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โˆ™ 11y ago

It is not a good idea to wear a pad in the pool if you are having your period.

Firstly, any blood on the pad might flow up in the water around you. The water can also make your swimsuit sag slightly so that the pad is not held tightly against you and you can experience blood leakage into the water in this situation, too.

If you are able to use a tampon it is fine for you to swim during your period but otherwise it is best to postpone your swim until after your period has finished.

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โˆ™ 8y ago

No, you can't swim in the pool during menstruation using a pad.

In the water the blood will not flow down onto the pad but instead will disperse in the water, even if the blood did get on the pad as the pad would be saturated in water it'd not be able to absorb the water. Pads would look bulky under your swimsuit when full of water, and if you use disposable pads they will come unstuck and potentially fall apart in the water while swimming.


You need to use internal menstrual products to swim during your period, this can be tampons but you can also use menstrual sponges, menstrual cups, or softcups to swim during your period.


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โˆ™ 8y ago

Yes, you can go swimming on your period but you need to use one of the following:

  • Tampons
  • Soft tampons
  • Menstrual sponges
  • Menstrual cups
  • Diaphragms
  • Softcups

Menstrual cups are best as they are safer than options like tampons so unlike tampons they can be worn even with very light flow, and they can also be worn for up to 12 hours. Menstrual cups are internal without a string so nothing shows externally, they don't absorb water, can reduce cramps whereas tampons can increase cramps, and menstrual cups don't leak like other options.

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โˆ™ 14y ago

i absoloutely don't recommend it. The sanitery towel will be so noticable and it'll go soggy, and most likely not be able to absorb the blood.

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โˆ™ 12y ago

well you could but it may leak into the pool so it would be best if you did wear a pad or tampon.Preferably a tampon though?

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