Menstrual cups are designed to be worn inside the vagina and are perfect leakproof protection for when you want to go swimming in a lake, pool, hot tub, are doing water sports, or just lounging on the beach.
Unlike tampons, menstrual cups do not absorb menstrual fluid but collect it instead. This means that there is a lower risk of infection, and you can wear the cup for up to 12 hours without needing to change it, which is especially convenient for swimming. No wet string!
How to Use a DIVA Cup for SwimmingIt's important to make sure that the menstrual cup is emptied first and inserted correctly to avoid any leakage. You can also consider wearing a swimsuit with a leakproof liner or wearing dark-colored bottoms for extra protection. However, you are extra safe when swimming because water can create a pressure difference that may temporarily slow or stop the flow of menstrual blood.
It can be possible for a small amount of water to enter the menstrual cup while swimming—this isn’t an immediate problem, and it shouldn’t increase your chances of leaking, but it’s always good practice to empty, cleanse and re-insert after swimming. It’s always best to avoid prolonged contact with chemicals used to treat pool water.
It's also important to note that swimming while on your period is a personal choice and may depend on your level of comfort. Some people may prefer to avoid swimming while on their period altogether, while others may find it liberating to swim with a menstrual cup. Swimming is a great low-impact way to gently exercise. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what works best for your body and lifestyle.
Removing a Menstrual Cup Before Swimming
- Always remember to wash your hands first.
- Then remove and empty your period cup by pinching the base of the cup to release the seal, and then holding the cup upright while gently removing it, by shifting it side to side as you take it out.
- Empty your menstrual blood into the toilet and rinse it or wipe it out with toilet paper before inserting your menstrual cup again.
- If you’re wearing a menstrual cup while swimming, it’s always best to remove the cup and empty it first. Once you’ve inserted the cup again, check to be sure that it is creating a seal.
Other Activities You Can Do with a Menstrual CupMenstrual cups are a versatile menstrual product that can be worn for a variety of activities. Here are some other examples:
- Sports and Exercise. Menstrual cups are a great option for physical activities like running, yoga, and other sports. They are comfortable and secure, and they won't move around or cause discomfort during exercise.
- Swimming. As mentioned earlier, menstrual cups are an excellent option for swimming. They can be worn while swimming and provide protection without the worry of tampons or pads falling off.
- Sleeping. Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, making them an excellent option for overnight use. They are comfortable to wear and won't cause any discomfort or irritation while you sleep.
- Traveling. Menstrual cups are a convenient option for travel, especially if you're going to be away from home for an extended period. You can wear them for a long time without needing to change them, and they take up minimal space in your luggage. Shop DIVA bundles to make traveling with your DIVA Cup even easier!
- Daily Activities. Menstrual cups can be worn for day-to-day activities like going to work or school. They are comfortable to wear and can provide protection for an extended period, so you can pack lighter, and you don't have to worry about changing them frequently.
Overall, menstrual cups are a great option for anyone looking for comfort and convenience. They can be worn for a variety of activities and are a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to disposable pads and tampons. Plus, in the summer, when you don’t want to miss out on swimming, they’re an absolute saving grace!
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