A question I get asked almost daily, is "Can you really swim on your period using only Period Swim bottoms? Like really, really?"
When I was in school, I loved the fact that I could get out of swimming during PE lessons by blaming my period. I believe swim coaches have since wisened up and now keep a calendar for each girl - that would have totally scuppered my plans!
So how is it possible to swim with just Blushproof Period Swim Bottoms, no tampon or menstrual cup needed? There's a myth that your flow stops when you're in the water. Barring any medical problems, like hormonal disorders that can make you skip periods, your uterus will keep on shedding its lining whether you dive into the ocean or not. However, getting into the water can make it seem like your period goes away. According to Dr. Haughton, an ob-gyn at Weill Cornell Medicine, it's all thanks to the pressure of the water surrounding your vagina which can counteract the force of gravity that helps blood flow out of your body. There’s no biological magic going on here, it’s all physics. “When you’re in water there’s opposing pressure happening,” says Dr. Haughton. Essentially, the water doesn't make your period stop, so to speak, but it can block the exit.
Will there be a red trail if I bleed in water? Will I attract the sharks?
Most people bleed less than 100ml of blood during their 5 or so days so there's no ways that the water is going to turn into the Crimson Tide. Even a whole pool full of people on their periods wouldn't give the water even the tiniest tinge of pink! And there's no chance that this tiny amount of menstrual blood would attract every shark in the ocean (or even just 1 of them)!
Does this mean you can swim without using anything? The point of using a tampon, cup or period swim bottoms is to save you on exiting the water. I remember getting out of the water at The Cradle, after swimming a race ,and as I walked up the hill, I had 2 red streaks running down my legs and no bathroom in sight! The period swim bottoms help avoid any leaks (like mine) or stains on your costume by trapping any blood in the hidden gusset. Lots of our customers happily dive in and out of the water all day without even having to give their period a second thought. Reading moms' reviews about how confident their daughters are in their period swimwear, really is one of the most rewarding things for me.
So schoolgirls, beware! Once the swim coaches know that you can simply wear your Blushproof Period Swim Bottoms under your school costume, there'll be no escaping those PE sessions!