Many women are concerned about pole dancing while on their period, or they feel uncomfortable about it. It is perfectly OK to perform pole dancing during your period, so let’s set the record straight on that before going any further! 

Women have legitimate concerns about doing an activity like pole dancing during their periods, such as ‘backward’ bleeding (retrograde bleeding), cramps, bloating and the physical effects of wearing sanitary products. Let’s address these concerns and provide some facts about pole dancing, and working out in general during your period.

This article discusses women’s periods. If that makes you uncomfortable in any way – then read no further! Also, this article is not medical advice. Consult a medical professional if you have specific concerns about pole dancing during your period.

We will explain the reasons behind why women feel this way about Pole dancing during their ‘time of the month’ and bust several myths surrounding exercise while on your period.

You will learn:

  1. Common misconceptions about exercising during your period
  2. How to make working out or pole dancing during your period more comfortable
  3. What strippers do at work while their on their period
  4. Which sanitary products are suitable for use with pole dancing
  5. Information about inversions (going upside down) during your period

Is it safe to be Pole Dancing during your Period?

Pole dancing during your period



Absolutely. It is completely safe to pole dance during your period. You may not feel like working out if you’re feeling bloated and suffering from cramps, but it’s perfectly safe to do so.

All women experience menstrual symptoms in a different way and no one knows your own body better than you do.

Going Upside Down during your period

There is a widespread myth that performing inversions while on your period causes your blood to ‘go backward’. This isn’t strictly true, it’s the same as being asleep, you will still bleed normally.

So many yoga teachers perpetuate this myth, making thousands of women want to avoid exercise all together while on their period. It’s perfectly healthy to perform inversions, but it’s entirely up to you.

No doubt it was a man who started the myth about going upside down while on your period anyway!

Pole Dancing with a Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups have become very popular in recent years. The thing is about Pole dancing with a Menstrual Cup such as a Moon Cup or Diva Cup is the movement of spinning, climbing and inversions may make the cup move.

If you use a Menstrual Cup and you’re used to it, then you may be comfortable dancing and spinning around the pole with the cup in place.

What do Strippers do during their periods?

Not many strippers can afford to take a whole week off during their period, so they have to think of something to make it possible to still work, without clients knowing any different!

From a recent thread on Reddit about this very subject, many strippers admitted to cutting tampon strings short or tucking the string up inside, making customers in the club oblivious to their menstruation!

Some strippers choose to wear a moon cup or diva cup, but these are fairly restrictive for performing pole dancing tricks as explained above.

Hormonal Birth Control

There’s also the option of hormonal birth control, which can, in some cases, stop your periods altogether. However, hormonal birth control has many side effects that can affect people in different ways. For example, the depo shot can stop some women’s periods totally, for others it has the opposite effect. Some women also gain weight or have other issues when on hormonal birth control. Speak to your doctor if this is a concern for you.

What else do you need to know?

Nothing else, really! As I’ve already said, pole dancing on your period is perfectly safe. Working out, in general, is a good idea, even if you’re on your period and feel like crap.

Give it a go and see how you feel.

How do you feel about Pole dancing on your period? Leave a comment below to share your experiences with others.


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