Will your period attract a shark in the ocean?

We get lots of questions about swimming while you have your period. Our advice is YES. Swim - it's good for you - but wear a tampon. But MeMe wants to know about swimming in the ocean and has, very logically, asked what about sharks?

Dear PLS,
I really like to swim, not just in pools but in the ocean too, and I've heard that you're not supposed to swim in the ocean while you're on your period because of sharks, even with a tampon. Please please answer! Thanks!

Let's start with how rare shark attacks on humans are. The Discovery Channel, home of Shark Week, says your chances of getting bitten by a shark are 11.5 million to one. In other words, very unlikely. You are more likely to drown at the beach or get hit by lightning.

But scientists don't seem to agree about whether a shark would be attracted to period blood or blood from a cut. Some say no because sharks are more attracted to marine life, than human beings or the fluids of human beings.

One study tested this and found that the only human fluid sharks liked was a kind of fluid inside the stomach (not likely to leak out during a swim!) But other scientistis say, yes, maybe a shark might be attracted to human blood in the ocean water.

So your chances of running into a shark are VERY LOW. And it's unknown whether having your period would make you a more attractive target. But you can follow these safety tips that work for everyone:

1. Be alert to warning signs posted by lifeguards about sharks or other dangers in the water.
2. Never swim alone. Swim with a group and use the buddy system.
3. Avoid swimming at dusk or at night.
4. Stay close to shore.
5. Don't forget to enjoy yourself at the beach. Be safe but don't worry too much!

Read more tips HERE.

Think pink!


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Anonymous Big Friendly Giant said...

I hate the ocean. I'm to scared to go in there plus I just don't like the beach

December 9, 2012 at 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Wow MeMe! I never thought of that. I don't think that you have anything to worry about. If you are worried, just do not swim while on your period.

December 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous iflovecouldtalk said...

1st comment!! I think....... good tips jemma

December 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've never heard anyone warn me about that before

December 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous MeMe said...

Oh my gosh, just saw this! Thank you so much PLS! Blue is my favorite color. Thank you!

December 9, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous a small flower said...

they tested blood attracting sharks on Mythbusters, and sharks are attracted to fish blood, not really human blood.
hope I helped!

December 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


December 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Dyyx said...

I'm glad I don't have to worry about this. I live in a landlocked state, nowhere even near the ocean.

December 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous CrazyCookie =D said...

I don't live near the ocean or anything but never thought of that! my advise, if ure still unsure, just dont go swimming when you're on ure period

December 10, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugg, I don't even have a period yet.

December 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

join the club

December 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous strongereveryday said...

Help me!!!
I like the most popular guy in my grade and we used to flirt all the time and so in May we both realized we like eachother and we like became a couple I guess? Anyway but that was on the Last day of school and so we spent the whole summer like texting and it was amazing and he was so nice and sweet and funny and it was perfect and so then school started a month later in july and we didnt talk once! And he flirted with all these other girls and we didn't say one word to eachother and i guess it was both of our faults. So then on the last day of july we broke up and he was mad at me for dumping him and I missed him so much. So then a week ago I apoligized for being a jerk because I liked him since day one of sixth grade. And i said I still like you I hope we can be friends. And then an hour later he read the text and apoligized too and said he still really likes me. So we've only had two days of school since that and we talked some of it but other girls still flirt with him and sit next to him. I REALLY REALLY like him and I don't know what to do! I want to get back together because I REALLY REALLY like him but I'm not sure if he does. Now we are on winter break and I text him hey everyday and he completely ignores all of my texts and still kind of avoids me! He said he likes me but he clearly doesn't! I don't know what to do because I dont want to be that girl ho is always bossing him around or like being a total drama queen! I don't want to ask if we are still a couple because even though he said he does- he doesnt like me! I dumped him because he avoided me at school and flirted with other girls, even though everyday after school he said that he liked me. I REALLY REALLY LIKE HIM! Seventh grade is so confusing!!! HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 12, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Anonymous watermelonpuppy said...

Wow, I never really thought of this. When I think about it, I don't really like the ocean anyway. It always makes my skin really irratated under my bathing suit, if you know where I mean......

December 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Purpleypopsicle said...

Can someone help me with something?
So I like this boy, let's call him s. So s and I are in 8th grade, and ever since 6th grade we've been sorta friends. He talks to me, and kind of flirts with me but he does that with everyone so it doesn't matter. At the end of seventh grade he started dating this girl, we'll call her C. S and C are dating for a while, and for a short period of time while they are dating I don't talk to him that much. Then, at the year I get his number from someone ( long story there) and I finally get the courage to text him. I ask him what our math homework was (we were in the same math class) He never respond, but still talks to be at school. A couple moths later, I try texting him again. He never responds. I know for sure it's his number because I tried calling him from my friends phone, and when he answered I freaked out and hung up. Anybody know what's going on?
Sorry it's so long!
To strongereveryday, I'd love to give you advice, but of I did it would probably make it worse, sorry!

December 12, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Forget about him. If he really likes you he'll come back..........

December 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous awesomeness said...

@ Purpleypopsicle
Maybe he ignored ur texted because his girlfriend is 1 of those "u can't even be friends with another girl type". Personally I think he likes u! Is she in ur math class too? Chances r he'll only talk 2 u when she isn't there 2 cause a scene. I really hope that he likes u! Keep me updated, the single girls have 2 stick together!...lol what I just said sounds like it came from a cheesy romance/comedy movie. (But seriously keep me updated. I want 2 know if everything works out and the drama queen bee leaves the hive!)

December 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have rececentlt broke up with my ex i think he still likes but he keeps on asking loads of girls out but i still like him

December 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM  
Anonymous CandyStick said...

My hobby is scuba-diving! but I never go scuba-diving when i'm period..

December 15, 2012 at 2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i ahve this big problem this boy i like him very much but he flirts with me all the time and i dont want to flirt back i relly like him but im scared he asked me out but what should i say

December 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous aoilbheshamrox said...

Heyy i need help im going into secondry school soon and we have to pick subjects and i am defo doing music but i dont know if i should do technolgy or art i like the look of both of them but not sure which one ?????¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

Ps i want a careere in music and sorry for spelling mistackes

December 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Anonymous pinkieback rib said...

cool and this have nothing to do with ur question but lots of judy blum books have girl stuff in it if u wanna read thoose

December 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Loving Peaches said...

He sounds nice but he is not so let him go and think about how he treats you.Then if he likes you he will say he is sorry and you will date again

December 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Loving Peaches said...

I love art and its great for releaving stress

December 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Purpleypopsicle said...

I'd say art.
Ps, you are soooo lucky you can do music and art! My school only let's us do one :(

December 20, 2012 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous aoilbheshamrox said...

Thanks for the help plus in our school you dont get homework in art so it will be nice plus we can pick
french german art music history geography woodwork metlework tech graph technolgy home ec( cooking) ecet. But i think i know what im gona pick so thanks :-)

December 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or when u swim in the ocean just to be safe you could wear a tampon and a pad.

December 25, 2012 at 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anonymous, NOOOO! Dont wear a pad! Just wear a tampon.

December 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous sweetlittlerockstar157 said...

I want to wear tampons and my mom thinks it's a good idea but my grandma say no and now my mom says no will someone help me please what can i do to change their minds

December 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not worry about it. out of what I have heard sharks do not come close to the surface so do not go out too far and you will be fine and remember the buddy system.

December 30, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Crazy4chocolate said...

Alright, I really need advice: So, I have 3 sisters and they all got their periods at home. I still haven't got mine and I'm afraid I will get it in school! There is this guy I might possibly have a crush on; and I don't want to embarrass myself. I don't want to keep "supplies" in my locker because I'm afraid "he" will see it...(locker besides mine.) Does anyone have advice to be period prepared for school? Or does anyone have any past experiences that might help?

January 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Crazy4chocolate said...

Me either. :( part of me doesn't want it though, even though I feel left out because ALL of my friends have it already. Oh well.

January 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM  
Anonymous sweetlittlerockstar157 said...

Don't worry BUT KEEP SUPLIES IN YOUR LOCKER put them in not so avious bag so "he" won't see them I do it all the time on my period and i did that when i was waiting.
hope I helped,
Sarah 11yr old

January 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you should worry about sharks as long as you don't go that far out in the ocean. Just make sure you have a fresh tampon before swimming!

January 4, 2013 at 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Crazy4chocolate said...

Thanks sooo much 4 the advise! i will definatley follow it! you seem like a really kind/adviceful person! Thanks again!

Kate 11 yr. old (i will be 12 tomorrow!)

January 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous sweetlittlerockstar157 said...

Thanks and happy late b-day
and I will give you some more advise as a present when i first started my period i bought Ubykotex tween so if you are going to buy some supiles just in case they are heavyflow but you can barly tell it's there

January 24, 2013 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you get cravings during period ?

February 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a url

February 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a any shark attacks you, just take my advice and fight back using a little Tae-kwon-do!

March 15, 2013 at 6:27 PM  
Anonymous gg said...

I heard u have to punch it in the nose

June 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok but what if u cant wear tampons but u stilll want to swim in the ocean is it ok to swim on ur period

July 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous EstherGal1233 said...

Hey EstherGal1233 here with a question for you gals!
I met this super cute 13 year old boy(I'm 11) named Ethan at a church corn boil a couple of years ago and I immediately was crushed with... a crush! He's super cute(Wait, I said that already), plays sports, has a great sense of humor and he's cute!(I know I know :) ) Should I tell him of my crush on him or not? We have a pretty good friendship as it is and I SO do not want to ruin it by confessing this. What do you guys think? I'm really not sure.... Thanks guys! You're the BEST!
Love, EstherGal1233
P.S Sorry if this comes across as annoying! I am new to all this obviously :)
P.P.S I will be posting quite a bit as I have A LOT of questions. Thanks again! Love ya

December 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Catgal89 said...

I've not started my periods yet but I think putting on tampons is icky.
P.S EstherGal12233 DON'T tell Ethan about your crush. things will get ugly.

June 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Emgirl said...

If anybody ever watches the Cosby Show, there is an episode where Rudy is going through her period, and she and her friends are talking about all these really funny myths about periods. You really should watch it.

July 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that your period barely has pure blood so you should be alright. Im at the beach on my period so I'm freaking out about sharks and stuff until I saw this, thank you!!!!!

June 17, 2015 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girl I got your back I finally finished 7th grade and honestly you should talk to him ,tell him exactly what you told us and he will either be a good boyfriend and feel bad and improve or he will be a player and dump you . This might sound harsh but that's normally how it goes , just put him to the test and see if he passes .. GOOD LUCK GIRL !!!! *i hope this helped you :)*

June 25, 2017 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't swim with pads on lol they will fall apart !!!!

June 25, 2017 at 11:04 PM  

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