Don’t Let Your Period Stop You from Making a Splash This Summer!
Summer’s almost here, and that means warm weather favorites like soft serve ice cream at the beach are just around the corner. We’re all familiar with the anticipation of that first dive into the pool, only to have your period ruin your plans. But don’t worry, having your period shouldn’t necessarily prevent you from catching some waves at the beach this summer. Here are a few things you should know to support your decision to take the plunge, even during your period.
You probably won’t bleed in the water. When you’re submerged in water, the water pressure can prevent your period from flowing out and entering the water, meaning you’re less likely to leave a bloody trail in someone’s swimming pool. But be warned – it’s only temporarily. Once you’re out of the water, your period will flow again.1
But if you decide to wear protection, you should use a tampon. If you want to swim, pads are simply a no-go. Pads absorb water, so they’ll be soaked, heavy and uncomfortable to wear. Plus, they can be seen through your bathing suit. Tampons however won’t fall out if inserted correctly, but you should change your tampon right before and after you go swimming.
Your period won’t attract sharks. Yes, it’s true that sharks are drawn to the scent of blood, but for most women, the small amount of blood that might get into the water isn’t enough to attract sharks, experts say. Besides, the scent of blood alone isn’t usually enough to make a shark attack you.1
Swimming may help ease menstrual cramps. Getting a few laps in could help alleviate cramps. Some evidence suggests that exercise not only boosts endorphins and improves your mood, but also helps ease period pain.1
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Drinking water may be the last thing you want to do when feeling bloated like a hot air balloon, but hydrating during your period is critically important. Women on their period may be more prone to dehydration due to hormone fluctuation, so if you’re going to be out in the sun all day, be sure to drink plenty of fluids. 1
For some women, it’s not that simple. It’s important to remember that while for most of us, following these tips and tricks is enough to guarantee a fun beach day any time of the month, some women have periods so heavythat they’re forced to schedule fun activities around their cycle. If you suffer from heavy or debilitating periods that keep you from living your life to the fullest, talk with your doctor to learn about potential treatment options.
- Penn Medicine. 5 Myths About Swimming During Your Period. https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2016/august/swimming-on-period-myths. Accessed April 25, 2018.