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woudl you go swimming if you are having a period

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SlartyBartFast Thu 02-Jul-09 22:13:42

and wear a pad.
dd just started today <yikes> but has swimming tomrrow

TrillianAstrahasaJOB Thu 02-Jul-09 22:15:40

Maybe if it was very light. But generally no, only with tampon.

I guess she's not ready to try one yet?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 02-Jul-09 22:15:49


Your dd is now a lady! shock, they grow up too fast.

cheesesarnie Thu 02-Jul-09 22:16:00

not with a pad i wouldnt,wouldnt it just fall apart?

Poledra Thu 02-Jul-09 22:16:36

Not without a tampon, no.

IkeaHighchair Thu 02-Jul-09 22:16:42

When I was little (i..e just started) I hated the thought of using a tampon.

So I didn't. and it was embaresssing. Don't let her do it.

largeginandtonic Thu 02-Jul-09 22:16:44


Bless her smile Treat instead.

poorbuthappy Thu 02-Jul-09 22:18:05

Emmmm no, could be very embarrassing.
Also regardless of heaviness of period, when pads get completely wet they go weird - the middle part sort of solidifies and goes a funny gel like substance which doesn't stay in the pad...

This is from experience, when I was 16 I couldn't use tampons, and I got thrown into a swimming pool at a party whilst wearing a pad. I unfortunately had to leave said party (quite drunk) and go home to sort it out. Luckily the party was only 2 streets away so I made it back!

So no, don't do it...

MaryMotherOfCheeses Thu 02-Jul-09 22:18:52

IIRC it was a common excuse for not doing swimming when I was at school.

SlartyBartFast Thu 02-Jul-09 22:19:14

i sort of thought she could leave the pad off, or is that considered unhygeinic.

SlartyBartFast Thu 02-Jul-09 22:20:05

thanks btw, yes it was a common excuse, that had verucas wink

Kbear Thu 02-Jul-09 22:20:20

nooooo, tampons only please

dietstartstomorrow Thu 02-Jul-09 22:20:29

oh god no, skip swimming for a week.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 02-Jul-09 22:20:29

It could trickle down her legs when she gets out of the pool. It won't be nice for her.

onepieceofcremeegg Thu 02-Jul-09 22:21:19

For a lot of women (assuming the flow is quite light) the bleeding may stop while in the water. However this is not guaranteed. Also she may be standing round on the side of the pool etc. really not worth the risk imo.

If she is a really keen swimmer, this may motivate her to try tampons for a future occasion. Why not offer to buy her an assortment of mini/slim varieties that she can try out with no pressure?

SlartyBartFast Thu 02-Jul-09 22:21:48

thanks fluffy,
good point.
she won't like missing her swimming

growing up is hard isnt it smile

SolidGoldBrass Thu 02-Jul-09 22:22:05

Well it's said that the flow stops when you get into water, but personally I wouldn't trust it. When I were a nipper, it was generally accepted that girls who had their AF were excused swimming.
Is your DD old enough to try a tampon? How does she feel about the whole issue?

funnypeculiar Thu 02-Jul-09 22:22:09

I wouldn't expect a newbie to periods to try it, certainly smile.
Purely because she'll be on edge the whole time - the whole thing can feel stressful enough without wondering whether you are creating a Jaws-like wake...

Definately an excuse for bunking off, imho

TrinityRhino Thu 02-Jul-09 22:22:46

if she has only just started I dont think it would be a good idea
yoiu dont want her to have any embaressment about her periods at this very early stage

treat her instead and coddle her a little
she is growing up and it can be a little scary

in theory she could leave the pad off and the period wouldn't come out because of the water pressure (I think) but |I think its too much for her to have to cope metally with when she has only just begun

give her a big hug and dont put too much emphasis on being grown up

bless her smile

SlartyBartFast Thu 02-Jul-09 22:22:48

and yes i did suggest tampons for future use

where would i be without mumsnet

onepieceofcremeegg Thu 02-Jul-09 22:23:40

Sorry if tmi but most of the time if I have a bath then the flow stops. However from time to time it hasn't. I don't like it much in my own bath tbh, so it would be pretty embarrassing/unhygienic in a pool.

TrillianAstrahasaJOB Thu 02-Jul-09 22:23:41

If/when she does decide to try tampons - I found ones with applicators much easier. Probably to do with squeamishness about sticking fingers up there, TBH.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 02-Jul-09 22:24:22

For some odd reason the flow does stop when you are in the bath, it trickles down when you get out though, as you are still wet it always looks more then it is IYKWIM.

TrinityRhino Thu 02-Jul-09 22:24:36

I think I meant molly coddle her but thats not the right word really, I guess I mean hug her close and make sure she feels secure, can be a scary thing this growing up

dont you coddle eggs? grin

SlartyBartFast Thu 02-Jul-09 22:31:36

ha ha, i thought it was a good expression grin

and i spose it might trickle down her legs. hadnt thought of that. <dense>>

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