If your period is holding you back from taking a swim, you’ve probably searched for ways to make sure blood don’t end up in the water or your bathing suit. And in your search, you may have come across the idea of wearing a menstrual cup. While it offers a more hygienic way of handling your monthly period, you need to be sure it can contain the blood before you take a dive. So, can you swim with a menstrual cup?
It’s generally safe
However, before you take the plunge, make sure that it’s not the first time you’re trying out your menstrual cup. Get used to wearing it first. This will let you know if it’s the right fit and that you won’t have issues with leaks.
Also, consider your comfort. Expect swimming with a menstrual cup to be a bit more uncomfortable than swimming with a tampon. There’s also the risk of infection since the cups can’t absorb fluids. They allow chemically treated and dirty water to stay within the vagina, encouraging bacterial growth.
Those issues, however, are easy to address. One way to prevent infection is to make sure that you change and wash your menstrual cup right after swimming. Getting a cup the fits you perfectly can minimize any discomfort.