Can I go swimming on my period?
Saturday, 9 December 2017
My advice is that we need to take extra special care of ourselves in the lead up to and during our period. At this time our body is working extra hard to clear out the lining of the uterus that it was hoping would be a nice nest for an embryo. Our immune system is challenged at this time; we feel extra tired, achy and more cold than usual, so it's common sense to take extra care and rest more. Moderate exercise is good especially just before your period and can help reduce cramping.
Swimming, however, introduces cold into the body. Our cervix is more open than usual during our period and even if you are swimming in a heated pool, cold can get into the uterus and cause fertility and low thyroid issues. Cold contracts tissues and blood. Contraction causes more cramping, more clots, more PMS and more stagnation.
The body works best at around 37 degrees, so we need to keep ourselves warm, especially our feet and our bellies and eat warming nourishing foods. In Chinese Medicine the meridians that reach your reproductive organs begin in the feet, so wear slippers and socks and avoid contact with cold surfaces.
If you have decided (against good advice) to go swimming when you are bleeding, you would need to use a tampon or a menstrual cup. The green strip in the Drion pads containing negative ions and far infrared energy are slightly warming and help to counter cold. Dress warmly after the swim - don't sit about in wet togs.
If you must use a tampon (which I am not in favour of - see our FAQ's about tampons) only use it while you are in the water then switch back to a pad. And please use an organic one without all the toxic nasties!
If you have any questions about swimming or not during your period please email me (Belinda) at email@example.com