Easy come, easy flow
Red letter days need not put a period on pool fun.
By Joan Teotico
As a competitive and fitness swimmer, Mamiya Ajero, 22, a quality control analyst for a pharmaceutical company, swims up to three hours per day, once or twice a week. She’d skip swimming when the flow surges on the second day of her period, but if it’s necessary for her to get into the pool, “… I make sure that I have a stash of sanitary napkins with me.”
Ida Noelle Calumpang, 31, a coach for a synchronized swimming team in New York, says she’s usually in the pool—working on the deck and in the water—up to three times a week, anywhere between three to six hours per day. “There are no steps or practices I do before I swim if I have my period. Sometimes I use a tampon if I need to get in the water during heavy days,” she says.
Red letter days shouldn’t stop women from doing activities they enjoy. Lyra Clemente-Chua, M.D., fellow of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS), talks about the do’s and don’ts of swimming during that time of the month. Follow her tips and enjoy swimming safely, even when you have your period.