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can u swim when your on your period?

By June 27, 2010 - 1:22pm
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I'm 13 and my periods are heavy and I wanted to know if it would be okay to swim while I'm on my period?

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Yes! Thanks you Diane

July 1, 2010 - 10:38pm

Hi, Helpneeded,

Needing to change a tampon two times an hour is a very heavy flow. Is it like that for just one or two days of your period? Does it get lighter later on?

In generally, periods usually have light days and heavy days. We are all different, but the heavy days are usually at the beginning and the light days are usually at the end. Also, some women have periods that are just 3 or 4 days long, otehrs 5, others 6-7 days long. And some of us are very regular while others are very irregular. It's really different from person to person.

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June 29, 2010 - 9:09am

Thanks you! That helps a lot and I'm on my period now and I have to change my tampon 2x a hr. I use a pad at the same time. Usually its every 4 hrs but not now....why is that?

June 28, 2010 - 12:08am

Hi HelpNeeded,
Yes, you can swim while you are menstruating.

I read that you had a question about tampons EmpowHER: 14 year old daughter, periods and tampon size?, and that is great that you are doing your research!

Women who choose to swim while they are menstruating use a tampon. If you are worried about your period being too heavy, you have a few options:
1. Try swimming first while your period is on a lighter flow day
2. Swim with a trusted friend or family member who can discreetly let you know if you are spotting.
This is just so you can begin feeling comfortable swimming with a tampon, and trust that the tampon will work. Most women with regular periods do not soak-through their tampon during the few hours they would swim. You would need to schedule a few bathroom breaks and bring a tampon with you to change during the day.

Women do not typically spot or continue bleeding heavily while in the pool, but if your periods are extremely heavy (soaking through more than one pad or tampon every hour), you may want to talk with your doctor.

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