Showering and swimming
Will the water in the pool turn red?
It’s not a lot of fun if your summer holiday or the day your class is going swimming happens to clash with your period. But you can still swim if you’re only having a light period. You won’t turn the water in the pool red. You could also use a tampon. A lot of young women (and some older ones) find tampons awkward, in which case you might find it easier simply not to swim, or to just paddle up to your knees. If you’re at school, tell your gym teacher that you’ve got your period, and suggest that you sit out this class or do something else instead.
If you do swim, it’s important to remember to remove the tampon as soon as you get out of the water and change it for a new, dry one. It’s important, because the tampon absorbs the pool water too, so it doesn’t work as well after you’ve been in the water. There’s also a chance bacteria from the water can be picked up by the tampon. So swim and change! The blood from your period won’t leak out into the water if you swim while wearing a tampon, so no, you won’t have a red “tail” swimming behind you!
You can shower just as normal when you have a period. If you feel uncomfortable showering with other people (after gym lessons for instance), you can always dawdle a bit in the changing room and shower once the others have finished.
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