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01 October 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Hi all - I've searched through the memories and tags for posts about swimming, and all the posts seem to agree that yes, swimming with your cup in is definitely a fairly problem free experience, except some people get water in their cups. I will, as the post suggests, empty my cup before I go in the pool . . . but really what I'm interested in more than water getting *into* the cup, is blood getting OUT of the cup and being visible when I'm swimming in the pool!! Is this possible? Or, even if the blood leaks out, will it basically not be visible in the water? (Seems a bit yucky though, making people swim in my menstrual blood).

I'm a bit paranoid I guess - I usually just avoid the pool when I'm on my period, but I've made a time with a friend to go aquajogging for exercise and I'd really like to not have to cancel.

Just in case it's important, I'm 34, no children, and I use a size B (if that's the bigger one) MoonCup UK (which I totally love love LOVE). I'm generally moderately heavy on my second day (still don't have to change the cup for eight or more hours, and even then it's just because I'm uptight and paranoid), and I'm going swimming on Saturday which is the third day . . . of course, I don't trust my body to always stick to it's usual patterns - it likes to shake things up a bit from time to time (and I've never gotten over the 'trauma' of having periods that could go through a tampon in five minutes flat - that was pre-cup of course!)


Edit to add: I had a bath with my cup in . . . and the water did go into it, but I'm more interested in the blood coming out.
~*~: journeymoonnymph on October 1st, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
I've swam, biked, ran, and danced with my cup in with no problems. I've heard of women doing yoga in them. I think it's a safe bet to say that if your cup doesn't leak in your normal activity (as mine never has in any of those activities) that it's a safe bet that the suction seal will keep everything in place. :)
.odalisque on October 1st, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
My cup has always been fine swimming, and I've never gotten water in it. :)
zandperl: Daisyzandperl on October 1st, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
I was always terrified blood would come out when I used a tampon - why wouldn't the water just wick the blood right out? Never had problems with a tampon while swimming though, and IMO a cup is less likely to leak while swimming than a tampon. I haven't been using a cup long enough for this to come up for me, but I wouldn't hesitate to swim with a cup.
mallt on October 1st, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I can't help with the swimming issue, I've not had the chance to swim in mine yet, I wouldn't be worried about it though... I'd empty it just before going in is all.

My real reason for commenting is I LOVE your icon!!
fireaphidfireaphid on October 1st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Even if blood could get out, it would be a very small amount of blood mixed in a very large amount of water, which would be undetectable to the eye. Now, if it fills with water and overflows (so, complete loss of seal, unlikely to happen), you may have noticeable water+blood leaking when you get out, but I think you'd be able to feel it before it gets that bad.
Gloria Patchgloriapatch on October 2nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
I swim a lot and with a cup...I've never had a problem with blood getting out of the cup. I empty it before the swim and check it after. I've only had water get in once or twice, probably due to hurrying and getting a not so good seal.

You should be fine!! Good luck!