Menstrual cup when swimming
I finally decided to try a menstrual cup last year and it took me a while to get used to it but now I have finally figured it out and I love it.
The only problem is I work as a swimming teacher so I have to be in the water a lot on my period. I thought the cup would work when swimming as it says water shouldn’t get in. But when I tried it when I started back at work it didn’t work.
When I got out and pulled out the cup it was full of water. I didn’t understand cause when I wear it outside the water it never leaks if I have it all the way open. I’m also worried that it could be damaging to have chlorinated water inside me but also if water is coming in then is blood coming out? Also when I climb out I can sometimes feel the water coming out the cup which feels horrible. I’m not sure how to fix this, do I need a bigger size? Do I need to put it higher or lower? Any help would be great
I really do. I know that when it has happened to me, I wasn’t in the water and I know I don’t have a fistula that connects my bladder/urethra to my uterus/vaginal canal. I also know that there wasn’t a time that I was in a horizontal position long enough while I urinated that the urine traveled up my vaginal canal, squeezed past the cup’s seal, and collected in the cup or any other way that I could have peed in my cup. But there it was; clear, yellowish liquid. Sometimes with blood and sometimes without.
*Overly long insert but those are things people have questioned about.
I do know that when I’m extra physical I do feel extra wetness when I don’t have a cup in. I’ve even checked if I started my period because there was a substantial amount. However, I would never guess how much watery discharge leaked until it was collected.
With that being said, your worry IS valid and your experience might be totally different than mine. All I can say is to test the cup and do some out-of-the-water workouts and see if it happens (even a trace of it) AND, call your doctor, explain your situation and ask if the chlorine will cause damage if that is what by chance, is happening.
On a side note, I’ve had penetrative intercourse while using over 50 different cups and there’s only been one or two that shifted. If it can withstand the friction caused without getting dislodged, I don’t think it’s the contortion of the body that’s causing this. Maybe the workout of contorting but not the actual positions.
I know that was kind of out of left field, but I’ve put my cups through the wringer. Long periods of swimming have not been one of them, though. Floating in the ocean on my back for 6 hours, yes, but not doing any laps or somersaults.
I hope that you figure this out!
Please keep me updated <3
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