Can you go swimming on your period? Here's what you need to know

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Can you go swimming with a tampon?

Yes, of course, it’s probably the safest and easiest option out there.

But, as in daily life, there are always other options available if you can’t, or don’t want to use a tampon. Try using a menstrual cup or sponge as an alternative. If your flow is light, then you could also try wearing a dark coloured suit, as this will prevent staining.

A final option is to wear waterproof, absorbent swimwear, like the Ruby’s swimsuits here. They look like normal bikini bottoms, but have a hidden and leak-proof lining that helps absorb menstrual blood.


Trial in the swimming pool

I tried a few time in the swimming pool where the salt is not here to help you float. I did again the previous exercises.

I tried there different ways of swimming: breathe stroke and butterfly stroke that came a bit naturally.

I used again a bit the mask to swim and to be able to feel consciously how to relax and swim at the same time.

Moreover I took advantage of the swimming pool to practice vertical floating like in the video.

Will I leave a bloody trail in the water?

When you get into a pool or take a dip in the sea, the water pressure can stop your flow temporarily. The only time this water pressure can drop slightly is if you laugh, cough, sneeze or move around.

“We’ve all had nightmares of leaving a trail of blood behind us, but it’s not time to panic,” points out Dr Sarah Welsh, gynaecologist and cofounder at Hanx. “The water pressure can help prevent the blood flowing out as you swim. However, any increase in abdominal pressure such as coughing or laughing, would change the pressure and a small amount of blood may leak out,” she adds, although “a small leakage of blood would be diluted in the water, so very unlikely to be seen.”

However, if you do happen to have any (very unlikely) leaks during your swim, swimming pools are all chlorinated to protect swimmers against the spread of disease from bodily fluids (such as a sweat and urine).

It’s important to be mindful though, that getting out of the water will change the pressure and your period will flow again normally, so it’s probably a good idea to use a tampon or a menstrual cup while swimming to avoid leaking once you head for land again. If you have an intrauterine device (IUD, or the coil), you should check with your doctor before using a menstrual cup.


Freestyle and Backstroke Technique Set. #swimmingwizard

Simple. Challenging. FAST.

This is the quality set that followed yesterday’s pre-set. It was ? ? ?

Our breaststroke group did this set recently as preparation for our main race pace set. This set seemed to flow well and then we really had some great results on the race pace set (which I will post tomorrow). @lynchburg_y_swimming

Post meet kicking and freestyle @lynchburg_y_swimming


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What went well

  • Cooperation with my mentor
  • Enjoying the water
  • Staying in the time scope (I practiced only during the vacation)
  • Understanding of my fear
  • Knowing what to do next


One could easily argue that enjoying swimming needs to be the first tip in becoming a better swimmer. If you have negative feelings prior to a swim workout, then you are much less likely to get as much from the experience.

Additionally, the chances of sticking with a long-term swimming routine increases exponentially when you are enjoying yourself. For me, my time in the pool is a nearly peaceful alone time that I have in my day, which allows me to focus on me and not be interrupted or distracted with life’s demands.

For some inspiration, meet Ralph Davis, who made an incredible swimming comeback after a heart transplant. “If a guy who had a heart transplant can still swim competitively, anybody can”

I hope these tips help you become a happier and healthier swimmer. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, or chat in our MySwimPro Global Community Facebook Group.

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