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Yes, it is safe to swim while you on periods. Period blood doesn't flow outside the vagina like it usually does due to the counter-pressure of the water. But You still need to wear some a tampon or a menstrual cup to avoid getting into a sticky situation.
In some cases, the change in period blood color can indicate a health problem like fibroids, low estrogen levels, and even vaginosis.
Before your periods, your body releases prostaglandins hormones. It stimulates muscle contractions in the uterus and helps it to shed its lining.