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Swimming On Your Period: Will Sharks Attack?

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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

Are you more likely to get attacked by a shark when you are on your period?





Dear Meredith,

It has been recommended that a menstruating woman should abstain from swimming in areas where sharks are nearby in order to minimize the risks of attracting sharks. This assumes, of course, her flow is somehow getting into the water, and with the options available to women today this may not be the case. But it is possible for sharks to sense these fluids and investigate further. Assume that sharks might do this, and let common sense should dictate the rule. So, swimming when you are menstruating is fine as long as you are using a tampon and not swimming in shark-infested waters!


Hope this clears this up for you!

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Posted June 30, 2012
Thank you smokemonster!!! I feel wayy better!
Posted June 23, 2012
I always thought it was joke about getting your period in a shark tank . Guess i was wrong !
Posted June 18, 2012
haha :)
Posted July 22, 2011
Wow. You guys clearly did no research at all when giving this answer. So I'll correct this for you. Period blood is chemically completely different than the blood that would come from a cut or open wound. Sharks have incredibly sensitive olfactory systems and would be able to detect the difference and would not be attracted to menstruation fluids. Thanks for being awesome and giving girls more reasons to be afraid of their periods!
Posted July 14, 2011
This is one of the most interesting questions on this whole site! I get it: your so called " blood" leaks in the water without a tampon. Thank you for asking this because I never would have thought of something like that. Oh and sharks can smell blood for over a mile away! So it is indeed dangerous I think.Possibly


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