Swimming with a period: is that possible?

First of all, the positive news: In principle, it is not a problem if you want to go swimming while you have your period. Thanks to the latest hygiene products, practically nothing can go wrong. There are only a few situations when you should actually leave it alone. You can find out more about it here:

The best toiletries for swimming

If you want to go swimming while you have your period, you have two options to ensure leak protection: Either you use tampons or menstrual cups. The advantage of swimming is that the water pressure immediately slows down the menstrual flow or even stops it completely. Tampons catch the menstrual blood before it can escape into the water. However, it is advisable to change the tampon immediately after swimming, as otherwise bacteria and germs can settle. Alternatively, you can use a menstrual cup. This plastic cup catches menstrual blood for up to twelve hours. From an environmental point of view, the menstrual cup is preferable as it avoids millions of hygienic disposables. Menstrual cups also have the advantage that no water can penetrate at all. This is even more beneficial from the point of view of possible infections. Leaking of menstrual blood is practically impossible with both the tampon and the menstrual cup. Sanitary towels, on the other hand, have the property of being quickly soaked up with water, so that they can no longer guarantee leakage protection. Avoid using sanitary towels when swimming. Tip: Look around our shop for some covering bikini bottoms so that you feel safe when you go swimming.

PMS, menstrual cramps and malaise

Swimming is great, but many women complain of menstrual cramps and period discomfort. Should you then avoid swimming altogether? In fact, swimming can have a soothing effect on menstrual cramps through the gentle movements in the water. Studies have also shown that swimming over time improves or even prevents PMS (premenstrual syndrome). However, if the menstrual cramps are too severe, you should actually leave it alone and postpone your visit to the swimming pool or indoor pool to another time. Instead, you can do light stretching or yoga exercises at home. These stimulate the blood circulation and have a relaxing effect on your body. Find the perfect sportswear in our shop.

Cystitis and infections

Some women fear that they could get vaginal infections or bladder infections in the swimming pool. If you go swimming in chlorinated or salt water, the risk is very low. However, there are of course women who are more sensitive to this than others. You can be on the safe side if you slip into the shower immediately after bathing and wash off the pool water. In stagnant waters such as quarry ponds, however, the risk of infection can be higher. If you already have a vaginal infection or a cystitis, it is advisable to postpone going to the pool. If the body is already weakened by an infection or inflammation, bacteria and germs have an easier time. A vaginal infection can get worse because chlorinated water can irritate the vagina. It can also lead to a slight hypothermia, which in turn promotes bladder infections. If you consider these few points, nothing stands in the way of untroubled swimming and bathing fun!

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