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Banned From Swimming Because Of Her Period

Life / posted 9 months ago / Eva Caiden

Banned From Swimming Because Of Her Period

A leisure centre hit the headlines last month after banning women from swimming when they are on their period.

The fitness club in Georgia put up posters warning women to avoid the pool while menstruating, claiming it was a threat to public hygiene.

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The club is of Georgia’s most expensive

The rules were posted on the walls of the women’s changing room and translate to, ‘Dear ladies! Do not go into the pool during periods.’

When confronted over their misogynist actions, the Vake Swimming Pool and Fitness Club which is based in Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, justified the ban by saying, “We’ve had incidents where we’ve found tampons in the pool.”

As the backlash grew, a number of disgruntled female customers took to social media to protest.

One customer expressed her disgust on Facebook. Sophie Tabatadze wrote, “Do you even realise how offensive that is? And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming a pool 5-6 days each month, do we a preferential price compared with men?”



Incredibly, the club, which is one of the most exclusive places to workout in the city, responded by refusing to back down.

They said, “Our statement is not sexist and has a preventive objective. We had a case, when the water was contaminated. We try to follow norms of hygiene and we ask our members to do the same.”

The club told Buzzfeed its policy had been in place for years.

However medical advice directly contradicts the club’s claims that taking a dip while you’re menstruating is unclean and NHS direct actually recommends gentle swimming as a way of relieving painful cramps.

What do you think of the ban? And what would you say if someone asked you not to swim on your period? Let us know in the comments.


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  1. Rebecca says:

    Thats draconian, that place needs to get a grip, all they need to do is put signs up to say that contaminating the pool with any litter is unexceptable that goes for everyone men women and children, silly people.

  2. Phyliss Minshull says:

    I think the pool club is correct with their procedure, i would feel the same, women should respect the rules, they should not be allowed to swim in any pool during their periods, as there is always the risk of a leakage, you cannot avoid this, whether your wearing a tampon or whatever, i would not like to find any sign of leaked blood or tampon in the water if i was swimming in their pools, especially after paying to use the pool.

  3. Esther says:

    Menstruation should not stop anyone from using a swimming pool. Yes, it’s unpleasant but if you’re wearing a tampon, there shouldn’t be any leakages and the only way a tampon can get into the pool is if a woman actually takes hers out and dumps it in the pool (gross). And women’s private parts are covered up so there is no way they could contaminate the water. It’s ridiculous to ban menstruating women from swimming. Whoever came up with this rule clearly doesn’t understand women’s bodies.

  4. siobhan cook says:

    I cannot believe the comment from Phyllis Minshull!

    I have never heard of a ban on menstruating women not being allowed to use a swimming pool! Use a tampon, if you can’t, cups are available as an alternative. Leakages are minimal if at all. If this restriction is going to be put in place, and deemed acceptable, then stricter guidelines must be put in place! Do you have any skin conditions which could contaminate our water? Do you have any blood Bourne viruses? Are you a carrier of any infectious diseases? Are you up to date with all of your vaccinations? While we’re at it, we’ll carry out a full internal examination! You know, to rule out current menstruation or if you’ve had a hysterectomy. Willyou sign a deceleration that your young child is guaranteed not to urinate in our pool?!

    Seriously! Get a grip!!… and, if this rule must be obided then at least give a full refund to women unable to swim due to their ‘disability’!

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