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Can you go swimming while on your period?

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Swimming during a period can be done while using a tampon. Tampons must be used to keep menstrual flow from leaving the body into the water, according to BeingGirl.com.

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Pads do not last in the water and deteriorate with too much moisture. Tampons go inside the opening to the vagina, acting as a plug to prevent menstrual flow from escaping. If a tampon is not used while swimming, menstrual flow could escape due to laughing, coughing, sneezing or moving too fast. For sanitary reasons, it is best to replace the tampon with a dry one after swimming, states Women's and Children's Health Network.

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