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Dear BeingGirl Experts,

I was just wondering if I could swim when I have my period with a pad? Do tampons hurt?

 

Dara

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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!

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coconutlover
coconutlover
Posted August 26, 2014
I wear a tampon when I'm on my flow swimming but I just don't feel right...watch if I forget I have it on and actually putting it in hurts tbh
HaloReachL0ver
HaloReachL0ver
Posted August 25, 2014
@GollyMissMolly1 Blood easily (and quickly) spreads in water. Sure the pool might stop it for the time being, but if you've got a heavy period it is a BAD IDEA. I have a heavy period like my mother, and oh gawd it SUCKS. It actually just started this morning. Light periods ARE less likely to have difficulty swimming, but it's still a high risk that the blood will end up spreading through the water, and everyone will know it's you. My point is that, no matter what, unless you've got a tampon or something, it is a BAD IDEA to go swimming on your period.
Cami Johnson
Cami Johnson
Posted April 21, 2014
I tried swimming with a pad early on (a few weeks after my first period) and it was a baaaad experience. The pad didn't catch anything, and it soaked up all of the pool water. It also stuck out of my suit. DO NOT TRY. I was so glad to learn how to use a tampon.
cute book
cute book
Posted July 31, 2014
thanks sparklypandaxo helpfull information!
Frozen
Frozen
Posted June 23, 2014
My friend said she swam with a pad once, but she also told me her flow was super light… I really am leaning towards a tampon, but i'm super nervous to try one. And, i guess, tampons aren't really supposed hurt. But i also heard they might hurt a little your first few tries.. just because they're new, ya know?
sparklypandaxo
sparklypandaxo
Posted May 15, 2014
I have swam with pads all last summer-it's possible. So people don't see your pad, wear waterproof shorts (board shorts). Change your pad immediately after swimming and put on a dry one. Yes the pad does absorb the water, but the board shorts keep the pad close to you and people won't see it. Worked for me!
XxHoloxX
XxHoloxX
Posted July 29, 2012
i've thought of wearing a pad in the pool but things got ugly........
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Posted July 03, 2013
My grandmother said she did when she was younger.... ? contradictions...
Tay Tyler
Tay Tyler
Posted June 15, 2012
sry but its funny to me when it said it is only sanitary if you swim with others when you have your period >.< btw you can never EVER swim in a pad dont even think about it! unless you want everyone to know your on your period... youll know what i mean when you go swimming with it anyways xoxo
RiceBunny99
RiceBunny99
Posted February 17, 2013
i think that a bad idea to swim with pad cause it very dirty.
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