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Your period may not flow as much, but it doesn’t actually stop, although it may seem like it, your period doesn’t really stop while you’re in the water.

Instead, you might be experiencing a reduction in flow due to the water pressure. Your period is still happening; it’s just not flowing out of your body at the same rate.

In other words: You still need protection to prevent leakage, just because your period isn’t quite as active while you’re in the water doesn’t mean it’s going to stop completely — especially if you’re frequently moving in and out of the water.

If you’re worried about someone noticing that you’re on your period (not that menstruation is anything to be ashamed of!), try not to stress, you definitely don’t have to avoid the water altogether.

Instead, take a look at our period safe swimwear to protect you at the beach and in the pool, see our curated collection of swimwear here.

Debunking Myths About Swimming On Your Period

Myth 1: It’s not safe to swim on your period

Fact:There is no reason to fear swimming while on you period, as it is completely safe. Water doesn’t get inside your vagina when you swim regardless of whether you have your period or not.

Myth: I can’t use feminine products when I swim

Fact: You can – and you should. Tampons and Menstrual discs are great to use while swimming on your period.

Myth: Swimming will worsen my cramps

Fact: Swimming can actually help to relieve cramps caused by your period. This is because when you exercise, your body releases endorphins which act as your body’s natural painkillers while also giving you an increased sense of well-being, which is something that is often in short supply during your time of the month.

Myth: Swimming on your period is unsanitary 

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, the chemicals used in public pools are actually there to keep things clean. They help prevent the transmission of any bloodborne diseases, so you’re good.

Myth: Periods attract sharks

Fact: Swimming in the ocean while on your period does not increase your risk of being attacked by a shark. There’s just no evidence to prove that a shark is attracted to period blood, or that you’ll somehow bleed so much while in the water that a shark would be prompted to attack you. 

We hope we’ve debunked a few misconceptions you have about swimming on your period and given you more reasons to hit the beach without a care in the world!

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