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would you go swimming while on a period

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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.

MoaningMingeWhingesAgain Thu 27-Jun-13 15:51:06 Russian tampax advert

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.

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