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Can I Go Swimming With My Period?

Published: 2009年5月9日
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Can I go Swimming With My Period? I don't want to and ever will use tampons, and I just don't know what'll happen. Or, a water park with waterslides and such.
Signed: Can I Go Swimming With My Period?

Dear Can I Go Swimming With My Period?,

 

Women can definitely go swimming when they have their period, however, it is recommended that they wear a tampon when in the water. If a woman is swimming in a pool, a tampon is necessary so that you do not risk menstrual fluid leaking out into the pool. And whether swimming in the pool or ocean, the use of a pad would be difficult because the pad would absorb the ocean or pool water and would subsequently become uncomfortable to the wearer, and fairly obvious to onlookers. 

If you are not comfortable wearing tampons, you can still go to the pool or beach and lay out in your swimsuit without going in the water (just be skin-healthy and use your sun-tan lotion!). There are no-wing pads available that are very thin and would not be noticeable through a swimsuit. Just make sure you check and change your pads as often as needed, especially if you are bleeding heavily at that particular point in your period.

If you don’t want to give up your swim time because you have your period, consider trying tampons. When used correctly, you should not feel any pain or discomfort from a tampon – while it is inserted, while putting it in, or while taking it out. You can speak to your mother, your doctor, or any other trusted female about how to use tampons correctly and safely. In addition, tampon boxes come with instructions, often including pictures, explaining how to insert tampons correctly.

To learn more about tampons, consider reading the following: Tampons, Am I Old Enough?, Tampon Confusion, and Tampons At The Seaside.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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