Is there a scientific reason for a menstruating woman not to use a hot tub?
May 13, 2009 1:22 PM Subscribe
Is there some scientific or medical reason why a menstruating woman would be banned from a public/shared hot tub or pool? (I'm talking actual findings, not just general cultural ickiness.)
posted by dahliachewswell to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've come across this women's health spa in my area that claims it will not admit women to its facilities (soaking tubs and saunas, etc.) if they are having their period.
Does anyone know if there is science to back this up (transmission of diseases in hot tubs, etc.)?
Obviously, you don't want large amounts of blood contaminating a semi-sanitary environment but menstruation is not equivalent to hemorrhaging. Likewise, menstruation is not equivalent to having a contagious infection or skin condition. It seems like if a woman had showered and is using a tampon or menstrual cup it would be a non-issue. The ban mostly seems like a continuation of a taboo or cultural distaste for menses, "eww, women on their period are unclean" sort of thing. Am I missing some hard facts?