We’ve battled these questions for far too long. However, the only solution that most of us resort to is sitting out of the water. And, for some who wish to, it’s absolutely fine. But, for those of you who enjoy swimming, there’s absolutely no reason to skip it due to your menstrual cycle. You just need to keep in mind a few things before you dive in.
Find answers to all your ‘swimming on your period’ related questions below:
Is swimming on your period unhygienic?
Not at all. There’s nothing unhygienic about taking a dip in the waters during your periods. The water in all swimming pools is chlorinated which dilutes the bodily fluids such as sweat, urine and even menstruation to protect swimmers. So, to answer your question you’re not endangering your health or anyone else’s for that matter, during your menstruation.
Will I leave a bloody trail in the water?
When you’re inside the pool, the water pressure stops your period flow temporarily. However, just in case there’s a little flow, you don’t need to panic because this tiny trail will be diluted by water and won’t leave any trace. You do need to be a little conscious when you step out of the water because your flow will get back to normal. So, in that case, rush to the bathroom so you can get a pad on.
Can you catch an infection if you go swimming on your period?
The chances of catching an infection or any vaginal disease for that matter are negligible. However, it is advisable to take a shower after your swimming session to avoid the exposure to chlorine. Also, try to refrain from sitting in a wet swimwear for a long time.
You can read more about vaginal infection here.
Does swimming on your period help reduce cramps?
Low-intensity exercise such as swimming is known to alleviate you from menstrual cramps. Besides making you feel refreshed, it relieves endorphins which act as natural painkillers. So, if you love swimming and are bogged down by menstrual cramps, diving right in might help!
Will others know that I’m swimming on my period?
It’s not easy to know if someone else around you is on their period. Just keep in mind all the information you read above. And, if you’re afraid of stains a good option would be to wear a dark coloured swimsuit. You could even add on an extra layer of swim shorts. However, despite all the precautions if your anxiety kicks in, just ask a friend to alert you or take a quick trip to the bathroom to check.
We hope we have addressed all your concerns about swimming on your period. If there are any more queries that are stopping you (even a teeny tiny bit) from stepping inside water, feel free to comment with them.
Swimming as an exercise, sport, pass-time or adventure must be nothing but a fun and liberating experience. Don’t let your monthly period keep you from having a ball.