Because we are so bath centric here at The Pampered Period Box, we often get asked, “Can you take a bath during your period?”
It’s a common concern that has come from generations filled with myths and taboos surrounding our monthly periods. Below, we’ll address some of them, but for the immediate answer:
You guys, not only is the answer a resounding YES, but it’s an integral part of your menstrual health and self care!
The predominant reason this question comes up is over the concern that you’ll bleed while hanging out in your bath water. There is a sense of being dirty or grossed out over the idea of sitting in potentially bloody water. Which is understandable, but not at all a big possibility.
Truthfully, any release of blood that might occur in the bath is minimal at best. That said, if the idea still doesn’t settle well with you there is a super easy remedy.
Wearing a tampon or menstrual cup while taking a bath eliminates any possibility of blood release while in the bath tub and still allows for your personal cleansing rituals while in the bath water. And getting even more personal, you can take the extra precaution of using a body safe HooHoo Wipes before getting into the bath to take care of any remnant blood you might have on your vaginal lips.
Oh yea… we went there, girl!
There are also some older tales and warnings from back in the day. There was and still is some fear that water will get inside your body when there is potentially an open wound that is bleeding. This notion comes from not fully understanding our anatomy and how it works.
Though water might get into the very beginning of the entry of your vaginal canal, water will not move past your cervical opening which leads to your uterus (which is shedding it’s lining, not bleeding from an open wound).
So, the possibility of an infection due to bath water seeping into your vaginal canal is so low it’s negligible at best.
What If I Don’t Use Tampons Or Menstrual Cups?
If you do not use tampons, menstrual cups or place any absorption device inside your vagina during your period, we recommend taking baths at the very beginning of your period and towards the end when the bleeding is less than the heavier times.
Doing this, particularly at the beginning of your period when cramping might be building, can help relax your muscles enough to lower the intensity of the cramping while you’re bleeding heavily.
The other benefit of trying to bath during the lesser bleeding flow is to help test out how much if at all you will lead blood out into your bath water. Chances are, you won’t release much blood at all. And testing this out can help you change your resistance towards trying it.
Another easy trick here is that when you are done with your bath, stand up and do a quick rinse off with the shower.
The Benefits of Taking A Bath During Your Period
You’ll find that in just about every single Pampered Period Box we send out, there will be something related to taking a bath. Oils, salts, bubbles, bath bombs… all of those and more, add to your bathing experience and amplify the relaxing and sometimes medicinal benefits of bathing. Here are a few of those ‘bene’s’ from just taking a hot bath during your period:
- Improve circulation and heart health.
- Reduction of pain and inflammation. This is even more true when you add bath salts and oils to your bath that increase circulation and the release of inflammation from your tissues.
- Deepen sleep. The heat softens tense muscles and aids in the release of held tension. It begins to slow us down both mentally and physically which can lead to a more nourishing and deeper sleep.
- Reduces headaches. Hormone fluctuations can constrict blood vessels in the head and brain that leads to headaches. The circulatory relaxation that occurs during hot bath can lessen the pain of headaches by relaxing the blood vessels.
- Creates a habit of carving out time and space for yourself to actually unwind. This can be the hardest but most important part of a bathing ritual; Self care requires taking time, carving out a solid 15-30 minutes of silence to just be in a state of pleasure and release. It sounds so easy, but in truth, it can take practice bathing for 15-30 and not doing anything. This issue is at the heart of our struggles to stop and simply take care of ourselves to the exclusion of everything else.
We’re Strong Advocates For Bath Time
One of the spiritual messages of bleeding every month is the necessity for taking time out. It’s not realistic in our modern lives to stop all that we do and retreat to the Red Tent for a week. Back in the day, taking a week to do nothing but tend to your body and the business of releasing a month’s worth of internal growth and preparation was important work.
That’s not the case these day. Our lives are much too busy. This doesn’t eliminate the need to retreat and care for our needs. More than anything, checking out, even if it’s for a short bursts of time here and there, gives our mind, body and souls a respite to replenish. While we bleed, this becomes even more imperative to our health.
A bath, nightly, even if it’s a 10 minute event, requires that you remove yourself from the presence of others in your home and live, shut the door, draw a bath that is exclusively for you, by you. It’s a practice of tending to yourself in a loving way that gives you the opportunity for silence, pleasure, self care and the medicinal benefits that come with all of that.
Even if you don’t subscribe to our Pampered Period Box, you can do this for yourself every single time you are on your period.
Give this to yourself.