We thought it was about time we gave you another dose of period realness after our discussion about female grooming last month. Because it turns out some period myths need a’busting and ignorance a’rectifying. Let us put it to you simply, ladies. If you want to swim whilst your uterus is shedding, you bloody well swim. Don’t let no one tell you what you can or can’t do. Especially if they don’t even possess a flippin’ vagina.
So why are we all fired up about this? Well, a gym in Georgia has put up a sign telling women not to enter the pool when they’re menstruating and we are all kinds of raging. They had the audacity to say it was for hygiene reasons, too.
Eh, did you know your menstrual fluids were toxic? No? Right, well that’s because they’re not. Ugh.
In actual fact, as long as you swim using either a tampon or a menstrual cup, you’re all good to live out your mermaid dreams.
A tampon or menstrual cup will catch all the fluid, so there’s no chance of you creating your very own red sea in the heart of the local pool. As long as you’re changing it regularly in regards to your own personal flow, you’re all good.
What’s more, if you want to go swimming on your period, you should be able to do so without feeling judged. Women on their periods are not gross. It’s a very natural bodily function, so to suggest otherwise is misogynistic and just downright appalling.
Doing a service for all us ladies out here, Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui broke down the taboo of discussing periods in sport following her performance in the 4×100 medley relay at the Rio Olympics.
She was dissatisfied with coming fourth, admitting “It’s because my period came yesterday, so I felt particularly tired – but this isn’t a reason, I still didn’t swim well enough.”
This was hugely inspiring, particularly to Chinese viewers where an apparent 2% use tampons compared to the US’ 42%. That, and we can all relate to how truly painful and exhausting periods can be. The only olympic event we’d be partaking in whilst on is the Netflix binge episode relay.
If Fu can do it, why shouldn’t we? She’s a great example to foof bearers everywhere.
Swimming is proven to to help with cramps, too. So if you’re experiencing a particularly painful one, hobble on over to your nearest pool and take a dip.
And dear all ignorant idiots out there, please, for the love of God, let us swim in peace and get through our dreaded cycle in our own damn way. It’s hard enough without having to actively ignore your stupidity.
Do you think Fu slays as much as we do? And does swimming help with your cramps? Tweet us @maximumpop and fight against these ridiculous period myths.