Can You Go Swimming If You Have Your Period?

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Kathryn Wright Profile
Kathryn Wright answered

You can go swimming if you have your period but only if you have a tampon in.

It is not correct that your flow will stop when you are in water, although it might seem this way when you are laying down in the bath, it is not actually the case.  If you go swimming without a tampon in, you risk blood coming out at some point whilst swimming.

Menstrual blood can definitely still come out so you must make sure that you wear protection which cannot be a sanitary pad as this would simply go soggy and be ineffective, it has to be a tampon to stop any blood coming out.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Of course you can go swimming,
and you don't have to use anything!!!!! Because your flow will stop during the time your in the water but as soon as you get out it should start again so grab your towel and get to the bathroom and change out of your toges and into some clothes with a pad on or tampon but if you were a tampon outside of water you can just use a tampon in the water so theres definately no leakes! Again everything should be fine in the water without using a pad/tampon. I know it works cause I did it and it worke perfectly
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josie answered
I'm 13 and I go swimming training 3 times a week for an hour each session. I started my period when I was 12 & I've been on whilst I have been swimming..&I promise you no blood comes out while your wet.I never wear a tampon when I go swimming.And when I come out of swimming I go to the toilet and no blood is there.(: Its just like when you go in the bath or shower at home while your on your period, does any blood come out...NO. Hope this helped(:
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Anonymous answered
Well, from what I know a lot of people say you can't do swimming if your on period. However teachers just say that because their worried that if you feel ill, so its perfectly fine to do swimming if your on period. If your on perid and your swimming no blood will come into the pool because your period stops. However if your not sure or just want to check try it in s bubble bath and see if it works or just wear a tampon and go swimming to see if it happens. =) hope this helps you
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Will Martin answered
Swimming while you have your period is quite harmless in itself, and some people even find that it can help to relieve the cramps. However, there can be associated problems.

Some women, and especially young girls, find that they feel a bit weak during their period, especially the first two days. There are also other symptoms such as headaches, backache, nausea etc. If you have any of these, you should be careful swimming in the sea or at the deep end of the pool - not that swimming will make them any worse, but if you are feeling weak and ill you won't be able to swim strongly, which could be dangerous if you were far out of your depth. Even if you feel fine, few women are 100% at this time, so be careful.

Otherwise there should be no problem. You need to be careful with hygiene, of course, but that's easy enough.
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hunny floores
hunny floores commented
Thanks so much my daughter wanted to know. I never did because i was never strong enough to swim while i have my period.
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Anonymous commented
thanks so much i really wanted to know because my (*PERIOD*) came today & I'm suppose to go to the pool tomorrow and thanks
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Anonymous answered
Yes just make sure when you get out the pool...hurry and put a pad on! But don't run you might fall on they wet floor if you are inside(lol)
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Anonymous answered
ARE YOU LADIES CRAZY?  What type of Women are answering these questions! Of course you can go swimming when you have your period.  Don't believe me?  Go sit in the bathtub for an hour and see for yourselves.  If you really feel uncomfortable; then wear a tampon, the "soaking" of the water will not affect it's purpose.  Come on now.  I was on the swim-team for my whole life, what do you think I did everytime my Aunt Flo came to visit?
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Anonymous answered
Of course we can. No tampons, no pads, just go in, wear shorts and a tanktop over your bathing suit. Then it leaks if heavy, boo hoo, waa waa. If the ppl your swimming with can't handle it they're just immature babies. Honey, mother nature is just trying to stop you from having fun. Prove her wrong! No body says you can't. The worst you cud get is "ew! Your nasty! How cud you do that on your period!"

just remember one thing. Publicity don't matter. It's having fun that does.
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Anonymous answered
Well once I went swimming on my period, I paid to get in and everything and came on whilst I was changing. It did NOT make the water red or get out of my bikini bottom, I wore sufr shorts over my bikins bottom though. Its like when you go into the bath or the shower, blood dosen't flood everywhere does it? NO.. The water holds in it, but after like an hour or so later it will become quite heavy because all of the blood it held in whist in the swimming pool. I'd say its safe to go in like a day or two before finishing or when its not very heavy. I am in this sutuation at the minute, I have a school trip going to a waterpark on wednsday and my period is due to start in the next few days, so I am wondering what to do.
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Anonymous answered
It is totally fine to go swimming even if you have your period. While in the water, blood stops coming out that's why no need for a tampon or pad either...
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
FYI TO ALL YOU PEOPLE: Your period doesnt stop but clogs up while your in the water yes its unsanitary BUT you can still do it!!! But if I were you I wouldnt because you would have to rush to the bathroom everytime you got out of the water. But yes as I said before you can go into the pool without a pad/tampon it does clog up!
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You can go swimming while on your period that is if you wear a tampon because if you wear a pad it will leak in the water,absorb water which will make you swimsuits bottoms weird looking,when you get out of the water you weird.If your going to use a tampon while swimming it won't absorb water because it is inside of you,don't keep it in longer than 6 hours and I would recommend using Playtex Sports while swimming or doing sports
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Anonymous answered
Well I'm going diving in the sea tomorrow and swimming in the sea and I know for a fact you don't need a pad or a tampon because of water prasure thats why it doesnt come out in the bath so no worres there but watch out soon as your out go get changed straight away!:) hope I helped xxx
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Hannah Manning answered
You can. You must wear a tampon though. If you don't the pad could come out and float. I've seen it happen. Or if you don't use either, your period will temporarily stop but I wouldn't take any chances. People that say you can't or you don't have to go with a tampon are ignorant.Go to this site: www.beinggirl.com/
It will let you know everything you need to know. They even have a special section for swimming on your period. -it's at the bottom in the middle. It's kinda small- They even have a place where you can ask your own question. It's free to sign up.
Hope I Helped!!! :)
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Anonymous answered
You can go swimming when you have your period.  Maybe use  a tampon for heavier flows when you swim.  Just remember to take it out and put in a slimmer one after you're done swimming.  If you don't feel comfortable swimming when your friends go to the pool, then bring a book to read poolside.  Your friends should understand.  After all, they get their monthlies, too, you know!!
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Charlie Kerr answered
It's not disturbing, but it's a good question.It is possible that you will " leak " if it's heavy.But you don't really need to wear a tampon.What I did when I had my period, and I was going to go to the pool,was I just wore a swim suit skirt, and I put a pad on the swim suit.It will get wet, but it will keep the blood from touching your swim suit, and the skirt will help cover it up. Just don't swim wildly, like don't go off the diving bored, just kinda stay in one area, andswim slowly.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Heey I'm going on holiday today and I need to know if I can do this ?
I'm going to put my swimming costume on a pair of pants and some like knee length board shorts , would I get blood floating around in the swimming pool ?
Please answer
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Anonymous answered
I really want to go to the beach tomorrow with all my friends and go in the sea but I'm on my period. I know that the period doesnt leak in the water but how fast does it come back once your out of the water? Can I just wear a tampon whilst I'm in the sea and then keep it on afterwards aswell instead of changing (because I have to change infront of everyone else and I don't want to) or wouldnt that work because the tampon would be wet or something??
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well. Pressure of the water makes you not leak. All though it is recommended to use a tampon while swimming,.maybe wear a pair of underwears? Maybe. Best Of Luck, Hope I Helped:)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
@ Tinga: You are wrong you can not go swimming without a tampon, water does not stop your menstrual flow, if you do go swimming without a tampon you will still leak and that would be very embarrassing.

You can however go swimming on your period you just have to wear a tampon or a menstrual cup which ever you prefer. If you choose to wear a tampon make sure you insert it right (it can cause discomfort if you don't insert it right) and make sure you change it after you go swimming, if it is hard to come out then it hasn't soaked up enough blood so you can leave it on for a while longer.

Note: Do not use pads to go swimming, it doesn't work and it will end up coming out of your knickers and floating on top of the pool, again embarrassing and unsanitary.

Trust me I know everything when it come to swimming whilst on your period.

~Bry~
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Anonymous answered
Hi I'm 14 and I got my period yesterday... When my pool party is tomorrow. I really don't wear tampons, just pads. What should I do? Its a pool party with all guys and girls at my teacher's house because she picks her favorite class at the end of the year to her house for a huge pool party. I don't want to be the loser just sitting by the bench staring at people and lying that I can't swim so I'm not going to go in the pool. What should I do??
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jessie
jessie commented
Honestly there really isn't any other way around it i'm afraid. If you want to go in the pool than you'll have to wear a tampon, if it's just for that day then you should go for it. There also is padded bikini bottoms, but the blood can still leak out as soon as you get out of the pool. If i was you i'd start using tampons now, get used to the feel. They're really handy for situations like this and you'll find yourself more relaxed so just see how it goes. Hope this helped xox
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Anonymous answered
Just wear a pad although you may look weird when it swells up so I suggest wearing one of those skirt bottoms so you can't tell as much. Then when you get the chance you may want to put a new pad on if you don't want to walk around with a wet pad. I hoped this helped!
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Anonymous answered
Yes you can. Today I had swimming at school it was fine I used a tampon and it was fine. For some people you might feel tired or sick when you have your period so might not feel well anoth to do swimming so be carful.   I'm 14 and it was fine in the pool
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Anonymous answered
I am on my period nd I am goin to the pool nd I was thinking probably getten an three piece bathing suit like an skirt so we I put my pad on it wont show it would be under the skirt when I first got mines I was happy but now mother nature is so evil nd have no heart I hate it
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Suzy Uy answered

Yes you can.. :) We swim even we have our periods,  but I think we get slower because it feels heavy and uncomfortable.

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Anonymous answered
Yes, you can totally go swimming while on your period, just put in a tampon and you will be just fine!
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Anonymous answered
I got my period 5 days ago. This is my second period but the flow is EXTREMELY large and the cramps feel like I got shot in the stomach. My mom got me a few pain killers but I'm worried to use to many.... I don't wear tampons, just pads. I am going to my friends house. She has a creek behind her house and we are going to be sleeping in a tent out back. I'm going to wrap up in an old blanket just incase so I don't leak. I'm wearing black shorts the whole time. We are also going to do a lot of water stuff (swimming, water balloon fight, etc.) I told her I just got my period and she understands. I don't really care about wearing a pad with wings on my swimsuit cause its just going to be me and her and I know she wont care. I'm not so worried about leaking just the cramps. Its weird because I get sudden bursts of hunger and then the next second I feel like I'm going to puke. I told her I'm coming and she is my bestest friend EVER!!! I just got to suck it up. Owwww, I'm getting those cramps again. I'm going to go get some pain killers. Ha, I'm also hungry. LOL
Cindy Thompson Profile
Cindy Thompson answered
Your mom has probably got a lot of reason why she doesn't want you to use tampon, one could be infection. It sucks sometimes to have your period; however without it you couldn't never become a mom. There are other reason too; like you need these hormones to be a woman. Try to find something else you like to do when everyone else is going to the pool. Have a great time this summer.
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Anonymous answered
I Got my Period When I was 11 and I Couldn't go Swimming BEcause Of It. I asked my mom Why I couldn't use A tampon and I Do have to Admit I was Scared On the first Time BEcause I Didn't know What would Happen. But you Do Have to Wear A tampon For swimming.
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Anonymous answered
Hi I'm 12 and ive got my friends swimming party today, I don't use a tampon because I'm to scared to and I'm worried it will hurt, I don't know if you can go into the swimming pool without anything on because all of these answers are different, please can you help me the party is very soon and I don't want to cancel at the last minute! Please help me xx
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Sam Eggleton answered
You can get in sometimes because sometimes your period agrees with water n it stops when in water. Mine does. But if it doesnt agree. Well... Good luck
n if you want to wear a tampon tell your mom. But change it every 3-4 hours because if on 2 long your blood will get 2 backed up n you can die from a kind of shock. (I 4got what it's called) but when you wear a tampon b careful. I sarted wearing tampons in da pool when I was 12
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Anonymous answered
Well you can't go swimming if you're not going to use a tampon because blood will leak into the water...ewww.
There's nothing wrong with tampons-you don't feel the conciousness you do when wearing a sanitary towel, they don't smell as bad as towels, and it is extremely rare to get an infection. It's called TSS(toxic shock sydrome) and your only really increasing your chances of contracting it if you leave a tampon in for hours and hours and hours.
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Anonymous answered
Thanks guys beacuse I just got mine and I was really scared beacuase we have swimming rases at school tommorw and I didnt know what to do beacause our teacher is a guy and I don't want to tell him I can't swim beacuse I have my period.
Thanks sooooo mcuh (:
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Anonymous answered
Shoot I just got my period and I wanted to get in my aunties pool but now I can't  and I feel like hitting myself because I see my 8 year old cousin having some much fun out there
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tinga nih answered
Yeah.. You can.. The water stops the bleeding.. But do make sure you are swimming in a clean water..
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I don't want to use a tampon but I have to I hate having to grow up and becoming a woman I do want kids but if I have to go through this I don't want it
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Anonymous answered
I would like to go swimming in the pool this summer but  I can't I'm on my period and I do not like to be on my period when I'm at home
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Anonymous answered
You can wear a pad, but make sure you get one with wings so it stays on and wear a pair of shorts with your suit. You should be fine!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
As weird as it may sound (especially to guys), yes you can. It won't change anything, or make anything worse.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well I am having my period and I'm kinda young so I can't really use one and I have a swimming party to go to!!!!when you are swimming do you still bleed?
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Anonymous answered
Some ppl think they can go in the water without anything but I leak. I wouldnt wear a pad or nothing always a tampon when you go swimming
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Ummm .. Its true about wearing a tampon . But I am only 12 and I can't wear that yet .. SO any other advice..?
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I have to go to the beach today with my boyfriend and I got my period yesterday and I can't back out because this is a special date between the two of us . Can I use a pad and leave shorts on while going in the water ?
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I got my period this morning but tomorrow I'm supposed to go to my bestfriend's pool party.I really want to go but I'm not allowed to use a tampon what should I do please help this 9is important!
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Hi I'm on my period and I'm dew to go swimming 2 day s before I finnish am I alright to go with out a tampon ?
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sam answered
I don't know cause I'm wondering the same thing today my whole family is getting in my pool and I can't cause of my period some advice??
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Anonymous answered
Hey I'm goin on holidays next week my period usually come at the end of the month and I will be on holidays them ! I am bringing tampons and I was just wondering can you wear the tampon with a swimsuit :)
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Anne Rose answered
Well I'm 12 yes old and I have to do a swimming section in my PE class and I don't want to use a tampon because they are uncomfortable and anoying to me so what I do is I wear a one piece swim suit and put press and seal rap around me then a pad and then another layer of press and seal rap so that the pad doesn't get wet. I've tried going swimming withoutht a tampon while on my period and it was so close to leaking down my legs and I had to run to the bathroom really quick. I just told people I felt like I was going to puke. Anyways this method works because I have used it for the past nine days of my swimming section of PE. And I made this method us so please try it if you are wondering how to swim with your period without using a tampon. Oh and your period does not stop while you are in water, I don't know where you got that crazy idea
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Anonymous answered
You can go swimming when you get your period, and it is probably recommended that you do some mild exercises such as swimming to ease cramps and pain due to your period. However you must use a tampon when you enter the water as it is unhygienic to enter the water if you are bleeding.
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It's because the flow from a female is not a color that she wants other people to see while she is in the water. Besides, no matter what protection you use in the water, it gets soaked, and so what would the point be to do that. Save yourself some embarrassment, don't go in the water at that time, o.k. Hope this helps.
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Hi I'm 11 and My period started and I have my BFF's pool party 2 go to this Friday and my period usually lasts a week and today is Sunday and I can't wear tampons yet because my mom says I'm to young and I can't miss her party because she only gets one every 3 years. Any advise??
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Anonymous answered
Well if you want to go swimming and you don't want to use a tampon then don't go in the water because if blood comes out people will laugh and make fun of you if you want to go in the water use a tampon or don't go in at all and I don't think a bad will work it might work but if you are not sure to use a pad in the water ask your mom to help you out and ask what to do when you go swimming
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Beth Edwards answered
The blood does stop in the water because of the pressure, but I would never, ever go in without a tampon- even with a pad. All the water goes into a pad and as soon as you get out of the pool the blood will come back. At least with a tampon it will stop the blood flow when you get out, especially with school swimming (we're constantly getting in and out). My first period came the day before my last swimming lesson (pool party), so I had to miss it, sob sob. But this time I wore a tampon and it's fine, we were wearing clothes for personal survival anyway, and if a little does leak clothes will hide it (if you're allowed, wear shorts over your costume). This week we have swimming with no clothes just our costumes so I'm a little nervous whether I will leak, my costume is really high leg but it should hopefully be ok.
And if you're not allowed to use tampons, ask your mum or guardian why, and look on the Internet. A lot of girls wear them and most of them are fine. If you're scared of using them, it's fine, they were made for this job. At first it hurts putting one in and I was terrified, but just relax and it will go in fine. It feels funny but you get used to it. I've never been able to not feel it but I when you know it's there just with no pain it's fine.
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Anonymous answered
Do you need to wear a tampon to go swimmin as I don't want to wear a tampon and some people say you can go swimming without using a tampon whilst others say wear a tampon and I really need to know as I am going swimming in an hour and a half
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Anonymous answered
I really need help! I'm 12 and I get my period on the 15 or 16 usually, but on the 19th I have my best friends birthday party (which is a swimming party) my mom wont let me use a tampon because she thinks its unsanitary. And during the party I wont be able to change quickly when I get out of the pool because so many people are there and they don't have a bathroom in the pool room [its at a hotel] I really need herlp please! And if I don't go swimming at my friends party she will kill me because this party is really important to her.
Thanks
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Anonymous answered
Sweety, if I were you I would not go swimming with out a tampon.And if your mother does not also you to use one take some toliet paper and role it up and stick it in there but rember not to far because there is not string to pull and if its not comfertable don't try again just sit this one out or talk to your mom about it.you can also make a story saying you can't go.good luck♪
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Anonymous answered
There's no reason why you can't go swimming on a  period if you r comfortable w/ it. Use a tampon.
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Anonymous answered
Yes you can go swimming. Because I wanted to know the same question. So you are allowed to but you must wear a tampon, otherwise the pool will become red.
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Hi.. Can you go Surfing while your on your period??? And another thing is I do regular swimming every Monday and I'm worried it won't stop then!!
Help!!
:)
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I am 12 and I got my period and I am going swimming later and I am scared if I go in the water will turn red and I am to young to use a tampon what should I do
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bekah answered
Well first of all this is not true. Yes you can go swimming on your period the only bad part is if you are wearing a pad, the stickiness might wear off because you are in the water. For extra protection use a tampon.
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martha answered
No! Would you want to swim in a pool with another girl who is on her period and not protected? Not very sanitary- eeww
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Anonymous answered
No ... You can't . The water around you will become red and when you get out o the pool it will drip down your legs don't put yourself through the embarrassment just wait till ure period is over
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Anonymous answered
No you have to have a tamp. If not you die the pool red and that would be embarrasing.
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Mark Mottian answered
I can't give you a detailed answer because I'm only 12 years old and I' m not really meant to be exposed to such things. So, the basic answer I have is no because you will mess the pool.
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angel answered
No I would not suggest it, it is not very hygenic and the water will probly not stop the flow, it just depends on you personally, I would try a tampon if I was you
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Anonymous answered
Wel I'm goin swimmin with my family today but wen I woke up this morning I had my period I only use pads no tampons how fast after you get out the water do your period come back on? Because I'm going in without wearing anything
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No you should not go swimming because that is so gross if you are planning on swimming in a pool. Tampon or no tampon you should respect the people who go swimming who don't think people like you are wanting to swim while on a period. Now if you want to swim in a lake or river, you can nut you open yourself up for an infection. Can't you wait a few days until your period stops?
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I have my period today and I've had it since yesterday. I am going to a pool party on Saturday. Although it is not 7 days, do you think it will be gone by then? If not, then do I need to wear a tampon? I am scared of using one. Also, my mom doesn't know I've started my period and I am afraid to tell her. Should I just not wear anything? I am just scared the water will become red. I guess it will stop because when I take a shower, my period stops.
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Beth Edwards
Beth Edwards commented
You really should wear something, and talk to your mum! She knows about these things, she's been through it, so she'll be the best person to talk to. She'll find out eventually so just tell her now!
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soso lolo commented
No we can't

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