Swimming With Pads Dear BeingGirl Experts, I was just wondering if I could swim when I have my period with a pad? Do tampons hurt? Dara --- Dear Dara, The bottom line is you cannot swim with a pad. It is absolutely necessary to use a tampon when swimming. Your flow may stop in the water temporarily due to pressure. But definitely don't count on this to go swimming without wearing a tampon because pressure may change if you laugh, cough, sneeze or move around at all, allowing your menstrual flow to come out into the water. It is only sanitary for you to swim with others when you have your period and use a tampon. Correctly-inserted tampons are not felt. It can be uncomfortable to learn any new technique, and tampon insertion is a new technique for you. After a few times, the insertion becomes automatic and you really don't feel anything. Tampon insertion should be tried only when you have your period. http://www.beinggirl.com/article/how-to-use-a-tampon will help with insertion. Enjoy your swim! Your BeingGirl Experts Questions about swimming with pads? Get answers, tips and advice at BeingGirl.com.