Plenty of women athletes keep up their same exercise routine even when menstruating and avid swimmers are no exception. Just because you’re dealing with cramps and heachaches doesn’t mean you can’t get your daily swim in.
But, it does mean you need to change-up your feminine hygiene routine if you’re normally a pad wearer. Getting in a pool while on your period means tampons are in order. But, the good news is that the market is flooded with comfortable products you won’t even know you’re wearing.
One may equate tampons with the brand name Tampax, one of the longest-running female products still sold today. Patented in the 1930s, Tampax has proven to be a safe, effective and easy to use product. Its applicators come in cardboard, plastic; compact or full size, so you’re sure to find a variation that suits your needs.
In today’s environment-conscious world, women even have the option of 100% organic tampons. While slightly more expensive than traditional tampons, products such as Lola tout using organic cotton. They also use BPA-free plastic applicators to keep environmental impact at a minimum.
Regardless of which tampon you use, you’ll need to be sure to keep the string tucked into your swim bottoms. Also, keep tabs on the time the tampon is inside your body. Most companies recommend keeping a tampon in for no more than 8 hours at a time.