Periods are part of everyday life for every woman for several decades. Many women associate their menstruation with renouncing numerous leisure activities. Besides sex, swimming, among other things, is considered a no-go for inexplicable reasons. Whether this is actually true or whether you can still go swimming during your period is explained below.
The most important facts about swimming despite your period at a glance
- You don't have to worry about leaving a trail of blood behind you in the pool.
- Swimming can help reduce your period pain and improve your well-being.
- During your period, there is generally no increased risk of getting an infection in your private parts while swimming.
- Your period will not make you a target for sharks when swimming in the sea.
- Period underwear is not suitable for swimming as the fabric will soak right up in the water.
- A tampon or menstrual cup and a dark or patterned bikini will keep you safe.
Will other people notice my period?
The biggest fear for most women is probably that other people will notice that they are having their period while they are swimming. You may also be worried that you will leave a visible trail of blood in the water.
However, this worry is completely unfounded. First of all, the pressure under the water prevents menstrual blood from escaping easily. Apart from that, your menstrual cup or tamon protects you both in the water and on land.
Even if a few drops of blood end up in the water, no one will see it. After all, you don't lose huge amounts of blood during your period. The actual loss of blood is normally between 30 and 70 millilitres. So there's no need to worry about that when you're swimming.
Do I have to worry about blood stains in my bikini?
If you're worried about blood stains forming on your bikini bottoms when you're in the pool or at the beach because of your period, it's best to wear a model made of dark or patterned fabric. That way, you'll be safe out of the water and can really relax and enjoy the sun.
Swimming can reduce your period pain
You may have heard that swimming during menstruation can increase cramps and period pains. In fact, the opposite is true. In fact, as we've always said, regular exercise during your period can make a big difference to your menstrual cramps.
This of course also includes swimming. If cramps and the like get on your nerves during your period, visits to the swimming pool can help to improve your well-being.
Just try it out the next time you have your period or if you have premenstrual syndrome with PMS symptoms.
Is there an increased risk of infection from having your period while swimming?
You may be worried that your period will make you more prone to intimate infections. In fact, this is very unlikely and almost impossible in a normal swimming pool.
Even if you swim in dirty water, you are more likely to get a skin infection than a vaginal infection. In some cases, irritation of the genital area can occur. However, this does not necessarily have anything to do with your period.
As a general rule, you should always shower promptly after swimming and not keep your wet clothes on for too long. If you do experience symptoms such as itching, please see your gynaecologist as soon as possible so that she can examine you and treat you if necessary.
Will I be eaten by a shark in the sea?
You read reports of shark attacks all the time. So you might be worried about being attacked by a shark while swimming in the sea because of your period. After all, it is well known that sharks can smell the blood of their prey over many kilometres.
Even if it seems logical at first, there is absolutely no truth in this assumption. The very small chance that you will be the victim of a shark attack is no greater during your menstruation than during any other phase of your cycle.
So don't let claims to the contrary stop you from taking a cooling dip in the sea and going for a swim when you're on holiday.
Which menstrual products are suitable for swimming?
A tampon is a reliable way of providing the necessary protection when swimming. It's best to change your tampon just before you go swimming so that you can feel completely safe. If you prefer a reusable menstrual product, simply use a menstrual cup instead of a tampon when swimming.
Can I wear period underwear in the pool?
As you know, we are fully convinced of the benefits of our period knickers. Weekiss period panties are a good choice for almost any situation, from work to sports. However, visits to the swimming pool are one of the few exceptions where period underwear does not offer you sufficient protection.
This is simply because of the way they work. Period briefs have a multi-layer fabric system. This so-called membrane system absorbs the menstrual blood and ensures a pleasantly dry feeling during your period. However, it makes no difference what kind of fluid the fabric of the period panties comes into contact with.
If you go into the water with period underwear, it will become soaked within seconds and can no longer protect you. Therefore, you cannot go swimming with period pants and should use a tampon or menstrual cup instead.
Swimming despite your period: our conclusion
As you can see, there is nothing at all wrong with swimming during your period. In fact, exercising in the water can help relieve your period pain and make you feel more comfortable during your period.
So you can go to the swimming pool and the quarry pond during this phase of the month without worrying, or cool off in the sea on holiday despite your period. Just wear a tampon to protect yourself. Then you don't have to worry about not being protected in the water.