Period swimming tips

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about using Lunapads and Lunapanties while swimming. To cut straight to the chase: can you use Lunapads or Lunapanties to absorb your flow while swimming? The short answer is a simple sorry, but no.

So what are your options? There are actually several, depending on your flow and swimming environment.

I am personally a huge fan of swimming in the ocean (I’ll take a lake as a close second, though!), and thanks to having fairly light flow and choosing more remote spots to take the plunge, don’t worry so much about flow management (or even a bathing suit, if possible – woo hoo!), but going au naturel isn’t always an option. For example, if I was on my first day or two and at a public pool, I would definitely use my trusty DivaCup. In fact, my #1 top tip for swimming menstruators is to use a DivaCup.

If the DivaCup isn’t for you and circumstances warrant menses mitigation, options also include organic cotton tampons (available at most health food stores) or a Sea Sponge tampon. In my pre-DivaCup days, I found that Sea Sponges were a great solution for me, and it always felt fitting to be using a natural product from the sea while I was actually in it.

How I wish that Lunapads’ and Lunapanties’ superpowers included non-waterlogging while swimming, but I’m afraid that that’s how it is. So what happens if you decide to go for it regardless? Britney isn’t wearing Lunapanties in the photo, but you get the idea – soggy and ineffective basically sum it up.

As a final tip, I just read this excellent article about drowning, and how the actual signs are deceptively unlike stereotypes many of us hold (drowning people are incapable of yelling or waving their arms, for example.) Please check it out, and have a safe and happy summer!

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  • Anna

    LOVE my diva cup!!! I was caught by surprise by my first postpartum AF last month when visiting family 10 hours away from home. I had to use tampons *shudder*. This time I brought my diva cup on vacation just in case and I’m so glad I did because AF decided to arrive during our vacation AGAIN! I was able to go swimming and sailing and best of all, didn’t have to leave bloody waste in the garbage can for all of my family to see and smell!

  • I love the Diva Cup! I spent over an hour swimming in a lake, and didn’t have to worry at all about having my period, why didn’t I buy it 10 years ago? I somehow always get my period when I go somewhere on holiday… So even though I have been swimming before it’s always been for only a short moment and the hassle with the tampons. I can now swim for hours if I want to! Do buy a Diva Cup! You won’t regret it, and if you for some reason wouldn’t want to use it all year, use it when you go swimming.

  • Steph

    what about washable knitted cotton tampons? Ive heard of them, but they seem to be more of a ghostly rumour and i haven’t found any for sale. Have you heard of these? What do you think?

  • Jennifer Wilson

    To Steph: I found at least one seller on Etsy that makes knitted tampons. I’ve seen other fabric tampons but this is what I found for knitted:

  • em

    That sounds unsanitary.

  • Kdiehl1968

    Diva cups and Lunapads are WAY more discrete than their disposable counterparts! Nobody knows you are having your period but YOU because the bathroom wastebins stay clean and nobody has to smell bloody disposable pads or wrappers from tampons. Yea for not using land fills!!!

  • Angie

    I have heavy flow bad enough that I spend at least two days a month sitting in a chair on a towel for fear of leaking on the floor while walking through the house. I am usually unable to leave the house during my lady days. I have recently contemplated using adult diapers and stumbled on information about Diva Cup. It just so happened that when my husband and I went in the store today I was going to purchase my usual tampons and pads. The shelf just below them had this lovely box. I couldn’t believe it was actually in our local store so I grabbed it. I am thirty three and have three children and today is the first comfortable period I have had in over ten years. Thank you for making something so amazing. I did check every ten minutes to start with afraid that all the stories I read weren’t true but they so are. If anyone is thinking I switching give it a chance.