No doubt you will have heard that swimming on your period is unsafe, dirty, or simply not possible. Remember, these myths hold no water. Swimming is perfectly safe, and even recommended, at any point of your cycle.
Gentle exercise (such as yoga, jogging, and yes - swimming!) is particularly good for reducing menstrual cramps.
Back in 2016, Olympian athlete, Fu Yuanhui, was televised candidly discussing her menstrual cycle. In response to the interviewers question asking whether she was suffering from stomach pains and the effect it had on her performance, the swimming superstar replied, “It’s because my period came yesterday, so I felt particularly tired – but this isn’t an excuse, I still didn’t swim well enough.”
Benefits Of Swimming During Your Period
Swimming is particularly good for soothing period pain as the water’s buoyancy means you will float and experience a feeling of lightness. This is somewhat therapeutic against bloating and cramping, too! Doing laps in a pool or swimming freely at the beach allows you to stretch your body and incorporate a gentle form of exercise to your routine.
Or, if you’re too lazy to actually go swimming there are some other aquatic alternatives. Relaxing at the beach allows you to enjoy the soothing, lapping waves over your body. It can provide a meditative experience and help relieve any period induced stress.
The myths you hear about restricting certain activities on your period largely stems from misinformation, cultural beliefs, and social stigma surrounding menstruation.
So, let’s dive in and deconstruct those falsehoods about why you shouldn’t go swimming on your period.
Ensuring adequate protection against leaks makes swimming not only possible, but easy as 1-2-3.
First of all, know that if you do leak in a swimming pool, you’re not going to be putting any other swimmers at risk. Public swimming pools are chlorinated to protect against the spread of bodily fluids (sweat, saliva, urine, and menstrual blood included!)
Menstrual Cups Are A Swimmers Best Friend
You *could* use a tampon, but why would you use something less effective at protecting you against leaks? A menstrual cup collects your flow, rather than absorbing it like a tampon would. Zero Cup is made of soft, medical-grade silicone that contours to your vagina’s unique shape. Zero can also hold three times as much menstrual fluid than a tampon, so you can swim for longer.
When swimming, a tampon will absorb both your flow and the pool’s water making it much less successful at preventing leaks and arguably less hygienic, too. After swimming, always remember to empty your cup and rinse thoroughly.
Whether you can't get enough of doing laps around the pool or you just want to soak in a hot tub, menstrual cups are a game changer.