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 was just thinking about you recently. We’ve been experiencing a heatwave (47c degrees yesterday) and when it was cool enough, I used my weighted hula-hoop while I was also testing a teen-sized cup. I overflowed with clear fluid twice and had no visible blood in it. I think the heat and the exercise combined (in my case), making it more than normal for me since I don’t experience this very often.
I’m wondering, how long do you use the cup while swimming? I know a cup is supposed to hold up to 12 hours, but that depends on the amount of fluid in it. If you’re in the water for several hours, you may need to empty it in the middle.
I’m sorry that this happened. Again, I commend you for still trying. I know it’s frustrating 🙁
How is it when you aren’t in the water? Is it collecting your flow as it should without any leaks?
How did the large Saalt Cup feel while wearing it?
The only thing that I could think of is that you need a higher capacity if you feel comfortable using one.
Unfortunately, I would have to say to go back to tampons for the rest of this period until you can find a cup that is going to perform 100% for you. As for the cups you have, there are FB groups that allow you to resell your gently used cups to recoup some funds back.
Check out the cup comparison chart on this site’s menu to see if any of the high-capacity cups look promising to you, paying attention to length for your comfort. If you have any questions about them, I’d be happy to give you my thoughts.
You might also want to check out menstrual discs.
I’m sorry, but I’m a little stumped at the moment for suggestions 🙁