How to go Swimming While on your Period

Can you go swimming while on your period?

Yes!! You can go swimming while on your period; at the beach, in a pool, at the lake; wherever you want!! The most important part of swimming on your period is finding the right products for you, so you can feel the most confident and comfortable.

What period products should I use to go swimming on my period?

You have a few options when it comes to period products to use while swimming. Tampons and menstrual cups are the top two. Tampons are designed to absorb your period before it leaves your body, so being in water will have no effect on it. You should change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours, or however often you need to make sure it doesn't leak. Looking for tips on how to use a tampon? Check out this TikTok!


Menstrual cups are another great option for swimming while on your period, and are used by many professional swimmers! The Viv Cup holds as much as up to 5 tampons, and you can leave it in for up to 12 hours at a time, making it a great option so you don't have to worry about changing your period product or leaking throughout the day. There's nothing worse than having to change a period product in a beach or pool bathroom; with a cup, you won't have to! Check out our Learning Center for everything you need to know about using a menstrual cup.

Viv Menstrual Cup | Easy to insert & Flexible | Ring Stem for Easy Removal | Dark Color to Prevent Staining


Does being in water stop your period?

Being submerged in water does not stop your period. For some, the water pressure can slow the flow of blood, but it does not stop your period from happening. While you're in water, you're usually moving around, which can put pressure on your abdominal walls and cause some leaking. All this to say, you should use a period product while swimming and not rely on the water to stop your flow.

Are sharks attracted to period blood?

No!! There is no evidence that menstruation is a factor in shark attacks or shark bites. Because water can slow your flow and you'll have a tampon or cup in, there isn't even any menstrual blood released into the water while you're swimming! You can swim confidently knowing that no one knows you're on your period - sharks or otherwise.

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