What explains the ban on swimming in the pool during your period?
For girls, leading active way of life, and novice athletes the issue of pool access in the period of menstruation has always been relevant. Not understanding the dangers of water ingress in a sexual way, they are more interested in the aesthetic side of the swimming, because even the most meager selection can be in the water or leave marks on the body. But if you do not take this aspect into account, and consider the problem of a dip in the pool during menstruation from a medical point of view, that anyone, even inexperienced gynecologist says that during menstruation the protective power of the female body is weaker, and the cervix is opened. Thus, the risk of infecting the genital tract increases significantly.
Rules of safe use of the pool during menstruation
To protect the body from infection, experts recommend at least a couple of days from the beginning of the month to refrain from swimming in the pool, explaining its requirement for copious amounts of secretions. Plunging into the cool water during menstruation, the woman should understand that subjecting your body to rapid changes in temperature to which it can respond to increased bleeding.
However, there are situations, when the understanding of the problems of bathing during menstruation to avoid the pool fails. This applies to sports training and competition – important events in the career of women and girls swimmers. Output for only one – use tampons with the appropriate level of absorbency. But it should be noted that the tool may greatly expand during the stay in the water. To avoid discomfort, it is necessary to get as out of the pool and replace with a new one. You should also not be in the water more than 20 minutes.
A young girl, not sexually active also can use tampons without fear of damage to the hymen. When choosing hygiene means they should give preference to tampons labeled "mini". They slip easily through the hole in the hymen and preserve its integrity.
Menstrual Cup – perfect for the pool
A worthy replacement for the usual tampon became a menstrual Cup, or Capa – the latest development, designed to facilitate hygiene in the "critical" days. Made of medical silicone, it is absolutely harmless to the female body. The shape of the bowl like a bell, after the introduction of the vagina is retained therein due to vacuum and muscles.
The main difference from the tray of a tampon is that it does not absorb menstrual periods and collect them, eliminating the possibility of contact with the walls of the vagina. Thus, the flow of blood and infection of the genital tract is completely eliminated. As for the time being of the bowl in a woman's body, it is possible to go from 8 to 12 hours (during this time, the tampon would have to change 2 – 3 times).
Swimming during menstruation or not is up to you, most importantly, do not break the recommendations of experts. And then the swimming will be for you not only pleasant pastime, but also useful healing procedure.