Hello ladies! Do you love swimming but hesitate to do so once a month? Yes, I am talking about the menstrual period, during which you may feel concerned about the blood discharging into the swimming pool. This post should provide you with the solution to this conundrum.
Let us first get the “I can use a sanitary pad” idea out of the picture. Sanitary pads tend to absorb water and a fully saturated sanitary pad will not be able to absorb the menstrual flow. Disposable sanitary pads also run the risk of disintegrating while you are swimming. Therefore, to be safe, avoid using sanitary pads when going out to swim.
Now that we have gotten that out of the picture, let us talk the things that you can do to swim with a peace of mind. The first method would be to use internally worn products such as tampons and menstrual cups. Tampons are very effective when it comes to containing the blood and can be disposed after use. An environmentally friendly option would be through the use of menstrual cups which can be cleaned, sterilised and used for your next swim.
Some of you may be uncomfortable with the idea of inserting an object into your private area. There is a saying that the water pressure will keep the fluids in and minimise leakages. Furthermore, the fluids will stay in there for about a minute after you exit the water. This gives you some time to quickly make your way to the toilet. Although I have seen this method being employed successfully, I am hesitant about advocating it. You may choose to do so at your own risk and preferably when there is a low flow rate.
The last concern that I would like to address in this post is the fear of staining your swim suits. There is no way to be sure that there will not be accidental leaks that may stain your swim suit. As such, it would be wise for you to don a dark coloured swim suit when swimming during your periods.
Hopefully, this post was able to clear up some of the concerns that you may have regarding swimming during your periods. It’s not as bad as you think, so don’t let your period prevent you from having some fun at the pool in sunny Singapore. If you would like to share your experience swimming during your periods or if you have other solutions that were not mentioned in this post, do comment below. 🙂
The author is a male swimming instructor who was clueless about swimming and periods when he first started out. Along the way, his students sought his advice on swimming during their periods and he had to find some answers. He is now much less clueless about swimming and periods.