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Period Swimwear: What is It and Does It Really Work?

Leak-proof or period swimwear is a relatively new invention, but it’s becoming increasingly popular among women. Learn how period-proof swimsuits work and find out whether you should buy one.
A woman wearing period swimwear and holding a menstrual calendar

Period swimwear looks like a regular swimming bottom, but it contains a hidden lining, which helps absorb menstrual fluid and protecting against leakage. 

While you may go swimming wearing a menstrual cup or tampon, there is always a fear of leakage. Furthermore, if you use only pads, then it is impossible to go swimming during your periods. Hence, period-proof swimwear is a great option available in the market that is made in such a way that you are kept leakage-free in the water.

What is period swimwear?

Period-proof swimwear looks similar to your regular swimwear (bottoms); however, it contains a hidden lining, which absorbs menstrual blood. Certain types of period swimwear bottom also have the option of placing a pad in them. 
Period-proof swimwear is excellent for providing backup protection while you are vacationing at the beach. You may use it as a backup for a menstrual cup or tampon. They are specially designed for swimming during periods or while you are having incontinence or vaginal spotting. 

Period swimwear is also gaining popularity among women and teenagers who swim in competitions as it helps them to focus on their game without worrying about leakage while swimming. 

Period-proof swimwear is also appreciated by adolescent girls who are entering into their puberty. Periods in these girls may arrive unexpectedly; hence, they can wear these about the time when they are expecting their first period while swimming and they may save them from a lot of embarrassment. 

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How period-proof swimwear works

There are different types of period swimwear available in the market that you may wear at the pool and beach. One of these varieties of swimsuits combines three layers of protection so that you feel fresh and dry. The bottom of the outermost layer is formed of a waterproof material to stop leakage of menstrual blood. The middle layer of the swimsuit is designed to lock in and absorb the menstrual blood effectively. It may absorb up to 10 ml of menstrual fluid. The top layer of the period swimwear is formed of a material, which sweeps away the moisture from the skin. It also helps in fighting bacteria and preventing the development of odors. This type of period-proof swimwear is not only absorbent but also designed to dry quickly once you get out of the water. You may wear the swimsuit alone on your light period days or along with a tampon or a menstrual cup on your heavy period days. These swimsuits are available in a one-piece style and the bikini version that have a bottom and a top. 

The other variety of period swimwear features an organic, absorbent cotton gusset, which is designed at a right angle to absorb any menstrual blood before it can leak. A layer of mesh (dri-tech) is also present in the gusset so that your skin remains dry and fresh. These swimsuits don’t contain any plastic ingredients. This variety of period-proof swimwear may absorb about three teaspoons of menstrual blood. You may wear them as a backup to a menstrual cup or a tampon or alone on light period days. There is an option of placing a pad in the mesh pocket, which lines the swimsuit gusset. Though the pad gets wet while swimming, but it remains in its place freeing you of any worries about it sliding from its place. These swimsuits are available in a range of colors such as blue, berry, white and black. They are made of nylon/spandex blend fabrics with cotton (organic) lining at the crotch area for absorbency. They are also available in a variety of styles including racer back styles, one-shoulder one-piece suits, and halters.

A woman calculating her cycle and wearing period swimwear

How to take care of your period swimwear

Rinse your period proof swimwear in cold water after using it. You may wash the swimsuit when you get time. Hang it for drying. Don’t use fabric softener as it may interfere with the ability of the period swimwear to absorb menstrual blood and make it less absorbent. You may wash a certain brand of period proof swimwear in a machine and dry it on low heat.

How much does period swimwear cost?

The cost of a period swimwear may range between $40 and $130. It depends on the brand, size, and style of the swimsuit you choose. 

Other products you can use to swim during your period

Apart from the period swimwear, there are some other products that you may use to swim while on your period. These include tampons and menstrual cups. 

  • Tampons: a tampon is inserted into your vagina during menstruation. When inserted, the vagina holds the tampon in place and it expands on soaking menstrual blood. You may use a tampon while swimming in a pool or beach. But, with a tampon, the ‘string incident’ may happen sometimes, in which, the string of the tampon, which hangs out may shift out of your bikini or bathing suit. This incident may leave you feeling humiliated. Furthermore, tampons need to be changed every few hours; hence, you may feel that there is something uncomfortable present in the vagina. 
  • Menstrual Cups: a menstrual cup is a kind of reusable small, funnel-shaped cup that is made of silicon or rubber that is inserted in the vagina to collect menstrual blood. A menstrual cup rests in the vaginal canal. You should wash and rinse them before each use. You should also boil it every month for disinfection. You may wear them during swimming in a pool or beach. 

When choosing between a tampon and a menstrual cup, if you are comfortable and used to insert a menstrual cup and can quickly remove it, rinse and reinsert in a restroom after swimming, then use the cup. But, in the majority of the public places, it may be easier for you to remove a tampon and then insert a new one. 

Can you swim in your periods? Yes, it is okay to swim during your periods. It isn’t unhygienic and unhealthy. Swimming may actually decrease cramps and endorphins released from it may boost your mood and are great for your overall physical and emotional well-being. 

Period swimwear is a new invention, which you may use while swimming on a beach or pool. It looks similar to a regular swimwear, but it contains a hidden lining that absorbs menstrual blood. Different varieties of period swimsuits are available that are designed to absorb menstrual blood and keep you dry and fresh. You may wear them as a backup to a tampon or menstrual cup or alone on light period days. The cost of a period-proof swimwear may range between $40 and $130. Hence, if you are looking for protection while swimming during periods on a vacation at a beach or if you are a competitive swimmer who wants to swim during your period days without worrying about leakage in the water or if you are a regular women swimmer who wants to swim during your period days without fearing about leaks, then you may shop for the various period swimwear available in the market. 

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