swimming under waterFor many women, every time the menstruation cycle starts can become a phase of frustration and limitation. Aside from limiting your activities, it can be quite an uncomfortable period, especially if you start to get menstrual cramps . Of course, some women can easily go through their day without problems even though they have their period. On the other hand, some find it difficult since they find it uncomfortable, and others cannot do their favorite activities – this includes swimming or going to the beach and a common question asked is, “does your period stop in water?”

If you love to go swimming, either on the beach or in a swimming pool, you may have noticed that once you submerged yourself in the water while on your period, it appears to stop. Of course, you end up wondering if this is normal or not. You are not alone – many women have faced this scenario and asked the same questions you are asking.

Why does your period stop in water?
Women who go swimming while on their period find that they don’t seem to bleed in the water. The explanation for this is simple. Your period does not stop since the coating of the uterus continues to shed. However, due to the counter-pressure of the water, the gush is impeded and does not enter the water. Additionally, if you are floating or swimming in a horizontal manner, the gravity cannot pull the flow down and out (the science of swimming). Gravity isn’t strong enough to pull it out when you’re standing in the water, so it makes sense that if you further counteract gravity’s effects, it won’t be able to draw your flow out. The moment you stop swimming and stand upright for a couple of minutes, your period will continue exiting normally. You should note that this counter-pressure does not always stop menstrual flow – depending on the woman and depending on the period, it can continue leaking out, and it disperses throughout the water so that you can’t see it.

Does your period stop in water if you swim for a long time?
Even though your period stops while you are submerged in the water, getting to the pool might be an issue since you will definitely end up with a red spot in your bathing suit, especially if you are wearing a light-colored one. While you are swimming, you have to be aware that any sudden movement of your lower abdomen can cause some changes in pressure and eventually allow blood to flow out. Even something as simple as sneezing can potentially trigger a change in pressure! As stated earlier, once you get out of the pool, there will be change of pressure that has a reverse effect the moment you get out; as a result there will be a lot of flow upon exiting the water. This can become a big issue if you don’t have immediate access to a changing room and your normal clothes.