Should You Swim Whilst Wearing a Menstrual Cup?
FINALLY! It’s becoming easier and easier to be a menstruating woman.
The menstruation market is booming with new, eco-friendly and affordable ways for women to manage their periods; with the most up and coming option being menstrual cups.
Searches for ‘menstrual cups’ have doubled in the past ten years as more and more generations are opting to switch to a form of period protection that is good for their bank account and good for the environment.
Products, like the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup, are safe and easy ways to manage your period. With the ability to hold 5x the amount of discharge compared to tampons and pads, AND long-lasting (10 hour!) protection, why haven’t you already made the switch?!
But, of course, with such an important routine change comes many questions; including, can you swim with a menstrual cup?
Short answer: YES!
Long answer: A menstrual cup is worn internally, with no wings or strings showing on the outside like you see with pads and tampons. Once in place, your cup will create a slight seal which prevents your menstrual flow from leaking out of your vagina (or, water from getting in!).
PLUS, remember the benefit of long-lasting protection?
This means that you can swim for as long as you want without having to worry about pesky leaks and rushing to change!
Kegel8’s Top Tips for Swimming with a Menstrual Cup:
- Empty your cup before you dive in – Reset your wearing time and empty your cup to prevent any possible overflow.
- Try your menstrual cup out before you go swimming – As with trying anything new for the first time, it can take a bit of practice to get right. Get comfortable with your cup before you take the plunge and discover the best way to insert and remove it.
- Always choose a menstrual cup over tampons for swimming – It’s much more comfortable to swim whilst wearing a menstrual cup as opposed to a tampon. If you’ve used tampons before, you may be familiar with the sensation of your tampon absorbing pool or ocean water. Not nice… But there’s no need to worry about that with the menstrual cup as the seal helps to contain the contents! Plus, you have a far lower chance of developing a vaginal infections. Chemically-treated or dirty water will not be absorbed by a menstrual cup and kept within the vaginal canal, meaning you have a lesser chance of increasing bad bacterial growth.
There are so many menstrual cups – which one do I choose?!
You can remove the guesswork when you choose the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup. This handy little cup boasts a number of features:
- Trimmable stem – because we know that every vagina is different, so our menstrual cup reflects this
- Air release holes – no longer do you need to have the paranoia of the cup getting stuck, the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup’s air holes feature helps to prevent this
- Measurement lines – with these handy indicators you can really get to know your flow (a vital component for those who may suffer with Endometriosis)
Your thoughts on the Kegel8 Menstrual Cup
Kathryn - Never using tampons again!
"I'm trying to convince every woman I know to switch to a menstrual cup!! They're so much better than pads or tampons.
This cup is just as good as moon cup (which I had before and sadly lost it) but cheaper. Love the little pouch it comes with too. Awesome, would recommend!"
Sara - Environmentally friendly and bank-balance friendly. Works for me!
"I wasn't sure I'd be able to get along with this after I first tried it, I was scared of not getting it in place. However this is my 3rd period and I am now an expert and trying to convince as many women as possible to change to a menstrual cup. I can't believe that I can go all day without changing, No wet string and the compulsion to change a tampon because the string is wet with wee. Sports and gym visits are a no-brainer and I literally forget I have my period without any annoyingly uncomfortable tampons to remind me! I feel cleaner and more able to handle my period which can be really really heavy as I suffer with endometriosis. I've worked out I should save over £100 in a year as I was spending in excess of £12 - £15 per month on tampons."