would you go swimming while on a period

(149 Posts)
McNewPants2013 Thu 27-Jun-13 15:44:02

Every thursday i take the DC swimming ( ds has a lesson so I go in with DD)

Its been fine up to now, but i am at the end of my period. Would it be disguesting if i was to wear my mooncup and continue to take them today.

the alternitive is DD not going today.

MrsLettuce Thu 27-Jun-13 15:46:05

It's safe to assume that 1/4 of all the women of child bearing age have their period at any given time. It's normal. Why on earth would you not go swimming?

fatlazymummy Thu 27-Jun-13 15:47:03

Yes, I have done so many times. I use(d) a lil-let with no problems, but I guess a moon cup would work just as well.

McNewPants2013 Thu 27-Jun-13 15:47:38

ive just alway thought it's something you cant do.

fluffyraggies Thu 27-Jun-13 15:47:38

I would only avoid swimming on my heaviest days. Just in case.

On lighter days, when i knew a tampon would cope, i'd be fine with it.

DoodleAlley Thu 27-Jun-13 15:47:53

Don't use a mooncup so can't comment on that part but if it would leak in someway then no I'd either not go or use a tampon.

Others more knowledgeable will be along shortly to advise on mooncup I'm sure.

annoyednow Thu 27-Jun-13 15:48:12

Don't know anything about mooncups, but if you use them in the same way as tampons, they must be fairly secure. I use tampons while swimming.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Thu 27-Jun-13 15:48:37

I would, with a tampon. I'd guess a mooncup would do equally as well.

lurcherlover Thu 27-Jun-13 15:48:55

Yes. I used to swim competitively so had no choice really (until I started taking the pill). Tampon or mooncup and there's no issue just make sure the tampon string isn't hanging out of your swimsuit

fluffyraggies Thu 27-Jun-13 15:48:58

Strictly speaking a moon-cup is better, really. As it is a complete barrier IYSWIM. A tampon not so much ...

scaevola Thu 27-Jun-13 15:49:28

With internal protection it's fine.

I never gave it a second thought until the hell of perimenopausal gushing turned up.

McNewPants2013 Thu 27-Jun-13 15:50:44

a mooncup collects, while a tampon absorbs.

I never have any issues with leaks, but never been swimming with it.

Buzzardbird Thu 27-Jun-13 15:52:37

Watch out for sharks obviously grin

redrubyshoes Thu 27-Jun-13 15:54:28

I swim up to 8km a week but my god not during my period. It is sooo bloody heavy that if I went swimming in the sea sharks would detect me from a thousand bloody miles away!

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Thu 27-Jun-13 15:58:01

No, of course it's not disgusting. You have a rubber object inside you which is acting as a barrier - which when you think about it, is actually more hygenic than when you don't smile

valiumredhead Thu 27-Jun-13 15:59:47

Of course it's fine.

QueenStromba Thu 27-Jun-13 16:02:16

Do you think one in four female swimmers pull out each competition due to having their periods?

McNewPants2013 Thu 27-Jun-13 16:03:13

I never thought of it that way QueenStromba

Babbadie Thu 27-Jun-13 16:08:07


I swim every day but I wouldn't go swimming during my period.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Thu 27-Jun-13 16:11:42

Do people really not go swimming during their period? I use tampons and it never occurred to me that I shouldn't go swimming.

Startail Thu 27-Jun-13 16:12:42

Always have, DD1 does. Can't book holidays to be certain of missing your period.

Guess it's a problem if you have very heavy periods, but not otherwise.

pinkballetflats Thu 27-Jun-13 16:13:03

When you consider all the people (and kids) who don't wipe their arses properly...

At least period blood us sterile!

It never stopped me, though now Id probably avoid the first day because of the joys of getting older flow.

nemno Thu 27-Jun-13 16:16:30

Do tampons not absorb water from the pool and thus not in fact prevent the blood entering the pool? A Mooncup is a barrier, so fine I think.

NandH Thu 27-Jun-13 16:16:45

I personally wouldn't, but I don't like/use public swimming pools so wouldn't know what the etiquette is.

I've been swimming today & I'm on my period grin Mine are now really light but even when they were heavy I used to go, never in shark infested water though wink

I get quite ragey (sp?) when periods get in the way of life, pah men don't know they're born angry wink

BrianTheMole Thu 27-Jun-13 16:18:13

Mooncup is fine for swimming.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Thu 27-Jun-13 16:19:47

Surely though, water doesn't go up your vagina when you're swimming?

Facebaffle Thu 27-Jun-13 16:20:23

I stopped swimming whilst using a tampon as I once had pink liquid running down my leg when I was waiting in a queue for the showers sad

I wouldn't take that chance again.

OrangeLily Thu 27-Jun-13 16:21:24

I would!

But not if I was feeling bloated and sore. I would eat chocolate on the sofa instead.

HandMini Thu 27-Jun-13 16:24:11

I go swimming wearing a tampon. Never occurred to me you couldn't. In fact, isn't that what loads of Tampon marketing used to go on about - the fact you could do stuff with a tampon that you couldn't with a towel. No experience of mooncups.

valiumredhead Thu 27-Jun-13 16:24:41

Hop, where do you think it goes?

Dahlialover Thu 27-Jun-13 16:26:28

I have always used a tampon when going swimming with a period - just put a clean one in before I go in and make sure the string is well tucked in. Then change it for a clean one after, just in case there is some swimming pool in it.

I gave up swimming altogether after second pregnancy, when damage from the first one got worse and tampons fell out and swimming pool water got in. But I have been mended so hopefully that won't happen (although I have not tested it yet - too put off by what I have seen in the swimming pool water in the past)

CloudsAndTrees Thu 27-Jun-13 16:27:02

I do, it never occurred to me not to. That the whole point of tampons isn't it?

Ijustbluemyself Thu 27-Jun-13 16:27:12

As someone who swimmed competitively as a child, and spent most of my time in pools, they are pretty disgusting, but this is why there's chlorine in it. Tampon, mooncup, absolutely fine...this is not the 1800s.

I remember being told in school that your period stopped when you got in water hmm. This wasn't long ago either, late 90s!

Dahlialover Thu 27-Jun-13 16:27:38

"tampons fell out and swimming pool water got in"

Sorry - badly phrased - this did not happen at the same time confused

5madthings Thu 27-Jun-13 16:27:49

Of course you can swim when you have your period, I just used tampons, and they do indeed soak up a bit if the pool water... So need changing asap afterwards!

I do distance swimming tho, an hour and 80 lenghts .

happygirl87 Thu 27-Jun-13 16:29:28

I really like swimming on my period, it helps the cramps and the weightlessness reduces the sort of "heavy" feeling you can get. Mind you, I love swimming full stop, always have done, and only learnt to use tampons (which I found really painful) when I was 13 and on holiday in South of France, boiling hot, and my little brother was in the pool every day....

Yonihadtoask Thu 27-Jun-13 16:29:30

Yes of course.

I only ever thought that women who avoided swimming were towel users.

A tampon, or better yet a Mooncup will keep everything in place.

Ijustbluemyself Thu 27-Jun-13 16:30:23



specialsubject Thu 27-Jun-13 16:31:13

yes, of course, with suitable internal protection. Also sends a very bad message to your daughter to do otherwise: 'I can't do things for one quarter of the next forty years'.

Tee2072 Thu 27-Jun-13 16:31:18

Is it 1952?

schilke Thu 27-Jun-13 16:33:40

I don't on my heavy days...I don't like leaving the house it can be so heavy and I just feel tired so wouldn't want to go swimming. On lighter days I would.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 27-Jun-13 16:35:24

I agree with everyone; it's fine to swim. I would empty your mooncup straight after in case any water has collected in it but I really don't see a big problem.

Justfornowitwilldo Thu 27-Jun-13 16:37:23

Shilke if they're so heavy you don't want to leave the house have you gotten any medical help? There are tablets that can reduce the flow and other options as well.

redrubyshoes Thu 27-Jun-13 16:44:39

Which comedian came out with this:

"Tampax! Tampax! My wife has been using them for years and still can't swim or ride a fricking bike!"

This was in the eighties after a series of adverts showing women in white shorts and bikinis doing all sorts of stuff during their period.

I curl up with a hot water bottle and die quietly. Sometimes to relieve the boredom I vomit and faint with the pain.

Tis such fun.


schilke Thu 27-Jun-13 16:46:30

Oh are there? It's usually only one day that is dreadful. The whole thing is so unpredictable now. One month not too bad, the next month with a terrible day. I wondered if it was an age thing...41 next week. Before dc4 was born, 7 years ago, my periods were fine.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 27-Jun-13 16:47:10

I don't. My mooncup fills up with water sad

valiumredhead Thu 27-Jun-13 16:52:32

If it fills up it's because there isn't a seal. Do you give it half a turn once you insert out?

Justfornowitwilldo Thu 27-Jun-13 16:52:43

It could be an age thing. I like to think of it as my uterus finding new and interesting ways of being inconvenient. If I get very stressed I end up with flooding.

ICantRememberWhatSheSaid Thu 27-Jun-13 16:53:53

I do everything completely as normal when I have a period except on my very heaviest day or days.

I am not sure I would risk white shorts though confused

EeyoreIsh Thu 27-Jun-13 16:54:30

I've often swum with my period, even if it means changing it just before and after swim.

I've never tried it with a mooncup, not sure how comfortable or safe that would be...

Justfornowitwilldo Thu 27-Jun-13 16:54:38

I rollerblade wink

MrsHoarder Thu 27-Jun-13 16:54:38

I'd empty the mooncup before and have a shower before too (usually do anyway, but more thorough), but that done I'd do it.

redrubyshoes Thu 27-Jun-13 16:55:17

In my forties now and breezed through them to the point in my teens, twenties and thirties I would forget I had my period and have to rush out and buy tampons.

Now they are just horrific to the point of changing every HOUR throughout the second/third day and every three hours in the night. TMI but when you are bleeding clots the size of plums swimming is NOT an option. I would scare the public and staff!

Every twenty five days I could book an appointment to be 'ill'. sad

gordyslovesheep Thu 27-Jun-13 16:55:33

I have been swimming with both tampons and a mooncup (not at the same time!) with no problems at all

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 27-Jun-13 16:58:22

RedRuby - I think it was Ben Elton grin

miffybun73 Thu 27-Jun-13 16:59:12

I don't because I use sanitary towels.

Jan49 Thu 27-Jun-13 17:02:45

I wouldn't go swimming during a period, but I've never tried a Mooncup.

redrubyshoes Thu 27-Jun-13 17:04:33

I think we need a spreadsheet of ages here.

Over forty
30 - 40

Over forty and still having periods - swimming NO!

livinginwonderland Thu 27-Jun-13 17:16:20

Of course, though I remember using being on my period as an excuse to get out of swimming at school! (Although, conveniently, I could still swim on my period on holidays wink)

Chunderella Thu 27-Jun-13 17:25:17

No, but I don't care for internal protection so its not really an option. Never really considered that I was setting a bad example to DD because of this though, I tend to think that what I put in my vagina is my own business and nobody elses. If I teach her nothing else, I'll teach her that. Anyways, if you want to swim and have suitable sanpro you're comfortable with, why wouldn't you?

gordyslovesheep Thu 27-Jun-13 17:29:09

over 40 - yes :D

MammaTJ Thu 27-Jun-13 17:34:21

Try a soak in the bath when you have your period to give you the confidence that it is ok. I did not get on with tampons at all when I first started, then just about managed with them. Now I have my wonderful mooncup and would not hesitate to swim with it in.

rowtunda Thu 27-Jun-13 17:36:56

A period has never stopped me but that was the way I was brought up (v feminist mum who wouldn't hear of a period stopping snything!). the day my first period started I was meant to go swimming, my mum was aghast when I asked her for a note for school she told me to stop being so silly and showed me how to use a tampon instead! The cold water reduces the blood flow anyway, wack a tampon in and off you go

RainbowSpiral Thu 27-Jun-13 17:39:52

Actually, I wouldn't swim with a mooncup. But then I gave up on my mooncup the day it "tilted", need I say more, luckily I was alone in my own house!

But yes with a tampon I would swim as normal.

Thistledew Thu 27-Jun-13 17:41:12

I swim with my mooncup too. I try to remember to empty it soonish before and after, but it hasn't caused me problems when I have forgotten.

curlew Thu 27-Jun-13 17:43:40

The only thing I didn't do while having a period was wear white trousers and have sex. Everything else just carried on as normal. My dd's the same, I'm glad to say.

Why on earth wouldn't you?

Wishihadabs Thu 27-Jun-13 17:46:37

Rowtunda that's what I thought too (water +exercise reducing flow) I thought exercise was good for cramps ? I would always put a fresh Tampax in before though. The only time in my life I have avoided swimming was after giving birth (I wanted to go in but midwife said not for 6 weeks !, no idea why)

redrubyshoes Thu 27-Jun-13 17:47:57


Did you read my posts above? I really couldn't. I would scare the children if I did. sad

Happy that you sail through your periods but I really don't anymore.

curlew Thu 27-Jun-13 17:50:05

Redrubyshoes- have you been to the doctor about them? That does 't sound right- and you must be incredibly anaemic too.......sad

valiumredhead Thu 27-Jun-13 17:50:06

If mooncups are tilting it's because you aren't twisting them to form a seal -I might start a campaign grin

quoteunquote Thu 27-Jun-13 17:52:46

Is this thread a piss take? confused

Do people really not go swimming because of periods, I thought that only happened in books set decades ago.

I have always had major periods, It never occurred to me not to swim.

I would of been kicked off the team for that.

Just use a big tampax if you are worried.

Is there any other activities that are frowned upon to partake when you have a period?

curlew Thu 27-Jun-13 17:54:42

Well, i have heard that reading novels can be too stimulating for women hill pregnant...........

curlew Thu 27-Jun-13 17:55:38

Oh, and menstruating women turn the milk sour......

Its not an age thing.

I have alternating months of periods so heavy that I stay in bed for two days. If I stand up I gush everywhere. I am 25 and its been like this since I was around 17.

Oh and theres no way I would swim with my period.

gymboywalton Thu 27-Jun-13 17:58:31

yes and guess what? i wash my hair too when i am on!!

gymboywalton Thu 27-Jun-13 17:59:41

wannabee-have been to the dr?

how on earth do you manage if you have to to bed for 2 days a month? do you have children? a job?

you can get medication to reduce flow you know?

When I worked it was awful. I literally had to change my pad and tampon every 30mins for the two days, and take extra pants to work.

If DP cant look after the DDs I move to the sofa, and we camp out. But everytime I get up I have to rush to the loo, then I maybe have 10minutes before its gushing again. blush

Its every other month, and I have only had 3 periods since DD2. I cant see my GP helping tbh. I am putting on weight despite calorie counting etc and they dont really care. confused

Justfornowitwilldo Thu 27-Jun-13 18:13:27

They can prescribe tablets that should reduce the flow. You don't have to put up with that.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 27-Jun-13 18:14:58

Sorry just saw reply. I wear mooncup succesfully all the rest of the time including overnight and I need to break seal to remove. It fills up in the bath too sad I guess the pressure of the water pushes teh vaginal wall out of the way. (Obviously have a flaccid bucket fanny)

Mama1980 Thu 27-Jun-13 18:16:36

I used to using a tampon. Now I have no uterus so any issue = solved, one of the very few benefits grin

muddymary Thu 27-Jun-13 18:17:04

I'm feeling quite niave here. My mum (many years ago) told me that period blood can't come out in water - hence why it doesn't come out when you're in the bath. I've just assumed this to be a fact for many years - so would never have an issue with swimming while on. Is this not true? Have I been lied to?

Also I suspect that I can't spell niave!

redrubyshoes Thu 27-Jun-13 18:35:35


Yes I have been to the doctors because I couldn't even keep down painkillers. I would vomit them up within five minutes.

I have fainted with the pain and without painkillers I vomit on the second day pretty regularly.

I now have prescription painkillers that I put between my cheek and my gum so I absorb them that way.

I take them and have a hot bath and lie in bed soaked with sweat for a day and the next day I am sometimes fine and dandy. This month was a killer with three fecking days of heavy bleeding.

My periods are just charming. The poster above with the feminist mother made me chuckle. Ten grand at the end of a pool couldn't get me out of bed to fetch it.

In between periods I swim up to 8k a week.

RhondaJean Thu 27-Jun-13 18:41:53

I can't swim on my period, I cannot use tampons so I have never been able to sad

foreverondiet Thu 27-Jun-13 18:44:59

I have using tampon or mooncup. Would always change tampon just before and just after though.

Personally think mooncup is much more hygienic as doesn't absorb water and is complete barrier as creates a vacuum.

EmmaBemma Thu 27-Jun-13 18:49:24

"I cant see my GP helping tbh. I am putting on weight despite calorie counting etc and they dont really care."

In that case, it is even more important you go and get checked out, in case you have an underlying condition which has affected both your periods and your weight.

Pixel Thu 27-Jun-13 18:59:06

Well over 40 here and it's never occured to me not to swim, although I'm very pleased to have a mooncup now rather than having to worry about escaping tampon strings. I've never noticed any 'leakage' during a bath so I can't see why swimming should be any different (not the way I swim anyway, I can do 30 or so lengths but I'm not exactly fast wink).
My Nan used to tell my sister and I not to wash our hair during our periods as "it saps your strength". Oh how we scoffed, but here we are in 2013 and people still think life has to stop. <disclaimer, obviously if you are curled up on the sofa in a ball of agony or having menopause type symptoms, then you are exempt and deserving of chocolate and sympathy>.

wigglesrock Thu 27-Jun-13 19:04:39

I always have, I've been on holiday, taken the kids to the swimmers when I've had my period. I've only not bothered if I've felt like shit. I've always used tampons.

exoticfruits Thu 27-Jun-13 19:13:27

It never occurred to me that you wouldn't swim with a period.

JuliaScurr Thu 27-Jun-13 19:20:49


Dackyduddles Thu 27-Jun-13 19:22:40

How old are you? I mean you are having periods so you can't be that old biologically but really, this is making you sound older than my nan.

Of course you can swim; tampons. No idea about mooncups. Bit herbal for me although they seem oddly popular on mn...

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 27-Jun-13 19:33:25

yes, but i have very light, painfree periods ATM

when I was on the copper coil there was no way on earth - I could flood a super+ tampon and a maxi towel in under an hour.

I'd spend the whole time worrying that there was a blood trail behind me. I've worn tampons for years and have just converted to a mooncup but just can't bring myself to do it.

reggiebean Thu 27-Jun-13 19:38:56

I personally wouldn't, I'd be terrified I'd spring a leak!!

EleanorFarjeon Thu 27-Jun-13 19:44:47

It would never occur to me not to go swimming when I am having my period.

I am careful to tuck the tampon string though <embarrassing flashback>

StuntGirl Thu 27-Jun-13 19:47:42

My periods are ridiculously heavy, so doing much beyond moping in bed is out of the question for me.

But if you have a normal flow why on earth would you think you couldn't!

tiptapkeyboard Thu 27-Jun-13 19:52:02

Yes go for it

I can't go in a pool during my period either - I have way too much heavy bleeding. Think two tampons at a time, combined with two night time towels. And changing hourly.

But I have discovered that ibuprofen reduces the flow, thanks to someone on MN, and it was was reduced by about a third in volume last month so I am hoping to dread it a little less. But I still wouldn't swim.

I am making it my mission in life to pass on the ibuprofen message to all women... it was blinking marvellous. I left the house and everything grin

Jan49 Thu 27-Jun-13 19:57:55

I think I mostly just thought women didn't go swimming during a period because I grew up with only sanitary towels as an option and although I now use a mixture of tampons and towels and liners, I would never use a tampon on its own as it leaks a bit when you change from one tampon to the next. If I wanted to swim, I'd have to change the tampon, wait 15 minutes to allow for leakage, then change into a swimming costume, and probably panic a lot during the swim over the risk of it not lasting long enough.

Ever since I've been a single parent I've arranged our holidays to avoid periods, by waiting til I start a period and then arranging the trip for 2 weeks later. Not because I want to swim but because I don't want to have a period during a holiday and feel ill or need a toilet whilst on a packed train with luggage and 20 people crammed into the space between me and the toilet.

digerd Thu 27-Jun-13 20:22:16

When on the pill , I just kept taking it if on holiday and stopped it when I returned home. Had the period then.
Tampons do absorb the water and on getting out of the pool the water and blood mixed runs downwards.

Salbertina Thu 27-Jun-13 20:24:20

Of course!!! Bugger it! And go camping/overlanding...even ran a half marathon because bugger it, life is too short to give up such things every bloody (scuse the pun) month!

Ibuprofen? Really. Will be trying that next time. flowers

McNewPants2013 Thu 27-Jun-13 20:33:46

I feel a bit stupid that I have wasted years not going swimming.

I would, can't see why you wouldn't.

chickenliversfortea Thu 27-Jun-13 20:41:10

That thread about most women wanting daughters? This weirdness surrounding periods is one of the reasons I was thankful for having a boy.

I also swim all month if anyone was counting the results.

ovenchips Thu 27-Jun-13 20:44:02

On subject of planning holidays round periods, you can easily get a prescription of norethisterone from GP. It's a synthetic progesterone and will stop/ delay your period.

If you take it whilst menstruating it will stop it in its tracks. If you take it a couple of days before you are due it will prevent it. When you're back from holiday you stop taking it and periods return.

Useful stuff if you have problem periods.

absentmindeddooooodles Thu 27-Jun-13 20:50:52

Laura does it really reduce the flow??? My god if this works I will genuinely love you forever. My periods literally stop my life for about a week. Bed bound dizzy and sick for the first two days at least. Stupidly big clots. Just makes me so so ill. Have tried everything .... Apart from Ibropeufen. Haha. Shall try it next time :-D

cherryade8 Thu 27-Jun-13 20:54:54

I swim during my period, never had a problem. I take dc swimming too, wouldn't occur to me not to swim due to period.

YoniBottsBumgina Thu 27-Jun-13 20:55:12

It's perfectly fine. Before I started using a mooncup I would only use tampons if I went swimming.

Do change it asap afterwards though as they do soak up pool water, but not enough to cause any damage or stop it from working.

I went swimming with my mooncup in the first time I used one!

monicalewinski Thu 27-Jun-13 20:55:55

I usually go swimming during my period without a second thought, but on the occasions where I am particularly heavy I don't.
Normal flow is no problem - always feel safer with lilets though due to how they expand (I don't like the way that tampax go long).

Ifancyashandy Thu 27-Jun-13 21:03:12

I frequently swim whilst I have my period. I do a 45 min swim 3 times a week and have never leaked during it. I use a super super plus tampon. I'm 43. I have a normal, 5 day period, heavier on days 2 and 3, needing to change tampons every hour or so. Swimming is amazing for getting rid of my cramps (I get them at the top of my legs as well as abdomen).

But appreciate some have heavier periods.

samandi Thu 27-Jun-13 21:04:29

Personally yes, I've never had any problems at all. Can't comment on the mooncup thing as I don't use one. It sounds an incredible faff to have to plan your holidays around such things :-(

specialsubject Thu 27-Jun-13 21:09:31

someone's mum thought period blood not coming out in water? Wow, more ignorance about science, this time about a wacky thing called gravity.

if you are horizontal-ish, i.e. swimming, less blood (not none) comes out. When you stand up, more will flow.

hopefully nobody is this ill-educated now.

If you want to try the ibuprofen method (and everything I have read, including the NHS website, say it is safe) you start taking them four hourly from as soon as you see any blood. I take two, but my tablet hating friend just has one tablet every four hours and she has still seen a huge reduction.

You don't need to take any during the night - just start again when you wake up.

It has changed my periods on the last two occasions - reduced the flow enormously and no more huge clots. I have my fingers crossed it continues as I won't have to dread them any more.

A word of warning though - I ran out of tablets the first time, as I was on holiday (which is why I tried the method - I was terrified of sleeping away from home). My period had nearly stopped, so I didn't bother buying some more and a few hours later had some terrible flooding. As soon as I started taking them again, I was back to a manageable flow. So I make sure I have loads now - stockpile them all month grin

Unless you can't take Ibuprofen, it is worth a try.

Lweji Thu 27-Jun-13 21:19:21

Also vouching for ibuprofen, although you should be careful and always take it with food.

You can buy higher concentrations, which will last longer, up to 12 hours.

Dahlialover Thu 27-Jun-13 21:32:00

Another vouching for the ibuprofen method

It's been a flaming miracle for me grin

I have no idea why all women don't know it's a possible solution. Every woman I have mentioned it to in RL has been completely unaware.

ILikeBirds Thu 27-Jun-13 21:55:19

I've always taken ibuprofen for period pain and I can't say it's ever made any difference to the flow.

I'd swim with a mooncup any day of my period apart from the heaviest one or two. Better than a tampon imo as no need to rush to the toilet straight from the pool to avoid leaking pink water.

And I've heard people on mumsnet coming out with the 'it stops in water' line but I've proved that wrong in the bath many times!

goodasgold Thu 27-Jun-13 21:57:04

When I go swimming with my period I always swim in the pattern of my signature, just hoping if I leak it spells out 'Tiffany' as a trail behind me. It never does though.

Pannacotta Thu 27-Jun-13 22:00:18

I swim during a period and use a Mooncup.

And am over 40.

2rebecca Thu 27-Jun-13 22:03:32

Yes but I'd wear a tampon not a mooncup. I found the mooncup rubbish for coping with physical activity.
Agree you just change it as soon as you come out.

Buddhagirl Thu 27-Jun-13 22:16:32

I don't think I've ever not taken ibuprofen during a period. Also think I'll continue to do that. Interesting

lillibet1 Thu 27-Jun-13 22:32:13

maybe I am strange about these things but I use tampons and have always swum no they don't absorb water and let blood in to the swimming pool. maybe i'm using them wrong but they have not caused me a problem for the last 25 years, tuck the sting inside and hay presto no one knows or cares and you can take your DD swimming

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Thu 27-Jun-13 22:49:23

You know what - it really pisses me off when you have a thread full of women explaining why they cannot swim when they have their period and others come on saying how ridiculous it is not to and how they always swim and they'd never let a period stop them doing anything, it's not the 1800's etc etc etc.

Well, news flash. We are all different.

There's no way on this earth you'd get me in a swimming pool when I have my period these days. I can barely contain it without adding water into the equasion.

I used to be able to - no problem at all. Then I hit 40, I can no longer take the pill and hey presto... periods from hell that would definitely make for a Big Mess in the pool.

But no... just keep telling us we're pathetic, that's fine.


curlew Thu 27-Jun-13 22:49:36

No, you're not strange, lillibet- you are sensible and rational. Some of the attitudes on this thread seem to be hang overs from the Nineteenth century!

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Thu 27-Jun-13 22:53:44

Which ones exactly Curlew?

LivingThings Thu 27-Jun-13 23:19:58

I have used tampons for nearly 30 years and will happily swim with one but I have never had one soak up pool water! A tampon is quite deep inserted and its not a gaping hole you have there!

BreconBeBuggered Thu 27-Jun-13 23:35:45

Who'd have thought a simple question could be so divisive, Chipping?

I don't go swimming during my period, but then again I don't go swimming during the rest of the month either. Does that make me more or less pathetic and 19th-century than those who otherwise swim regularly, I wonder?

chickenliversfortea Thu 27-Jun-13 23:37:44

Chipping -oooohhh! Who's saying you are pathetic? In answer to Op consensus is you can swim unless you have a really heavy flow. In which case you can't

But oh yes poor you since you made it about how we all feel about each other.

sashh Fri 28-Jun-13 01:05:51

Swimming with a tampon fine, but don't use one in the dead sea.

Mimishimi Fri 28-Jun-13 01:51:43

With a tampon in the pool on the tail end of my period, yes. In the first couple of days no. In the ocean, never, due to the tiny risk of sharks picking up my scent grin

CoolStoryBro Fri 28-Jun-13 01:55:59

I have my own pool and don't go in on my heaviest days. I don't really care if people think I'm being delicate about it tbh. I wouldn't even get into a swimsuit on a bleeeurgh day.

SugarMouse1 Fri 28-Jun-13 02:01:07


I thought that was true! When I'm in the shower or having a bath- the bleeding actually does stop for me!

I still use a tampon when swimming just because of getting in and out.

redrubyshoes Fri 28-Jun-13 21:03:02


I understand. Even in a hot bath which helps with the cramps I can push out huge clots of blood.

The thought of that happening in a public pool is just horrible. I leak through super plus Lilets.


specialsubject Fri 28-Jun-13 21:06:20

the question is 'can I swim on my period?'. It is an OPTION. It isn't compulsory.

hopefully some people have learned something.

Startail Fri 28-Jun-13 23:37:48

45 and swim quite happly, but I take the mini pill and scarcely have periods.

I have absolutely no intention of stopping anytime soon

mercury7 Sat 29-Jun-13 01:25:25

At the very least I suppose undetectable traces of blood are bound to leach out into the water, along with all the other traces of everyones bodily fluids, snot, hair, piss, skin etc that ends up in the pool.

I try not to think about all that when I'm doing my lengths confused hmm

StuntGirl Sat 29-Jun-13 01:56:10

I refuse to believe ibuprofen reduces the flow because I cannot fathom what a 'real' period would be for me if I wasn't taking it!

Littleballofhate Sat 29-Jun-13 05:00:58

I am 48, with attendant peri menopausal periods. I adore swimming. Just chuck a tampon in before swim and off I go.

MrsHoarder Sat 29-Jun-13 08:12:26

Stunt three are prescription-only nsaids which might help more if you speak to your gp

Lweji Sat 29-Jun-13 14:36:28

There I was thinking that this was a nice, non controversial thread with people giving suggestions about how to swim during their periods and giving personal testimonies of how they do it, or not, and then comes someone with a chip on their shoulder claiming to have been called pathetic.

Sometimes I go swimming, sometimes I don't. It depends on the period and how I'm feeling.
It's a very personal choice.

Nottalotta Sat 29-Jun-13 14:57:34

I haven't had a period in years since having the depo proverajab, but prior to that had very heavy periods as a teenager. Always managed with a super sized tampon - change it just before swimming. Never had any issues with it absorbing water though! Just a damp string....

Nottalotta Sat 29-Jun-13 15:01:38

Although......was hospitalised as a result of toxic shock syndrome, so if my periods ever make a come back i won't be swimming .....

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 30-Jun-13 00:55:51

Lweji - do fuck off there's a dear.

oldsilver Sun 30-Jun-13 01:25:07

47, full peri mode and swim - I only avoid the first day because I don't feel like doing anything let alone haul myself off to the local pool.

I actually started using a mooncup because I couldn't deal with periods, tampons and swimming especially after having a pink leak in the changing rooms on stupidly going there to pick a fresh tampon. Oh the joy as I watched the rosy trickle go down towards the drain and all along the pool - being poolside changing rooms, just as the lifeguard was doing the hosing down at the end of the session blush

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now