This Pool Banned Women On Their Periods

Public pool to women on their periods: 'You can't swim here'

Sophie Tabatadze, who swims at Vake Swimming Pool and Fitness Club, recently noticed that the center in Tbilisi, Georgia has posted a sign that tells women not to go into the pool during their periods.

She posted a photo of the sign on Twitter:

“Do you even realize how offensive this is?” Tabatadze wrote, according to BuzzFeed. “And, by the way, since according to your rules we are not allowed to use a swimming pool 5-6 days each month, do we get a preferential price compared with men?”

Vake defended itself on Facebook, saying that it doesn’t find the sign sexist and it posted the notice because of previous “polluted” water that caused a “great amount of damage” to the pool, thanks to menstruating women.

Shape magazine made a point to note the CDC’s guidelines about swimming while on your period. First off, wear a tampon or menstrual cup or any non-pad form of sanitary product — and if blood does happen to get into the pool, so long as it’s “properly chlorinated pool water,” it shouldn’t be a problem.

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