Let’s cut to the chase. Can you safely go swimming while wearing a menstrual cup? The short answer is a definitive YES! Now let’s back that up with some facts and stats and some personal user stories.
Yes you can go swimming while wearing a menstrual cup. As you know a menstrual cup is worn completely internally so there is no need to worry about a string hanging out or the length of time you may be able to swim as the cup holds more volume than a tampon does. All in all no one would ever know you are on your period.
We do recommend that before taking the plunge you empty your cup. And I also think it is best to maybe not jump in the pool the first day you are trying out a menstrual cup. Get used to it a bit. Know how it fits in your body and work out any kinks with proper fitting. For example, if you have had any leaks or your menstrual cup fills with water after a bath, it’s better to work out what’s causing these issues before you head off to the beach.
In fact it may be quite a bit more comfortable to swim with a menstrual cup compared to a tampon as they are more comfortable and have been shown to limit menstrual flow and reduce cramping. Another reason they are a great option for swimming is that they can be left in safely for up to 12 hours without leaking so no need to keep getting out of the pool to change.
Additionally, menstrual cups do not absorb fluids so they will not absorb water which could risk vaginal infections as dirty or chemically treated water kept within the vagina increases bacterial growth.
Some users had questions about swimming and going upside down while using the menstrual cup, concerned that blood might flow back into the body. Rest assured this is not the case and it is perfectly safe to go upside down in swimming or other activities with a menstrual cup in place. It is basically the same as lying down and should not leak or cause any other problems.
Let’s hear from some real users from around the world.
Carla, London – I had heard the advice about trying the menstrual cup out a few times to make sure it fit properly before going ahead and running into the local swimming house. And it was good advice as I did have a bit of an issue. It was easy to find the solution in the FAQ forms about leakage with the most common reason being wearing the cup too high in the vagina. Once I figured this out it worked perfectly and I was able to join my mates the whole summer on our outings to lake. One happy girl here!
Jasmine, America – I used to go swimming with tampons, but always felt I had to put shorts on as well, I had no confidence. Where as when I switched over to a menstrual cup a few years ago I found I was a lot more confident going swimming, no shorts or constantly checking for leaks.
Kali Prema, India – Have been using a menstrual cup for a while now. I recently went on holiday without it and had to go back to using conventional products while I was away. Using them again reminded me how amazing a menstrual cup is and prompted me to share my story. I live a very active life and have taken part in many activities whilst using my cup. Running, swimming, climbing, surfing, bike riding, horse riding… during any and all of my activities I can never tell it is there and I have 100% confidence, in fact I have forgotten it was there! It’s cheaper and easy and comfortable for any day heavy/light. The only shame is that more women do not know what they are missing!
Janet, Australia – When I first decided to try a menstrual cup, I admit I was somewhat skeptical. Now, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I can wear sexy underwear and go swimming and feel like a normal person. Thank you to the makers of menstrual cups! You have changed my life for the better!
Denise, Canada – Don’t give up on the cup! First time I used it, I couldn’t get on with it at all. But of course my latest period showed up on a day I planned to go swimming, so I gave my menstrual cup another chance. After a couple practices, taking it in and out was as easy (and clean) as a tampon. It doesn’t leak which means swimming (and sleeping naked) are stress free again. It has helped me feel connected to and respectful of my body. Periods used to be a pain, not anymore!