TIME TO TALK PERIODS?
Find out how you can help your daughter feel comfortable and confident
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
It may seem like it was five minutes ago you were helping your daughter to take her first steps and now you may be wondering when is the right time to speak to her about puberty and periods. One of the most important pieces of advice we can give you is to just keep on reassuring your daughter that everyone is unique, so she may experience the changes at different times or in a different order to her friends.
For most girls, puberty starts around the ages of 11 and 12, but it can start as early as 8 years old. The first signs tend to involve breast development and hair growing under the arms and between the legs. They may also experience discharge and this can be 6-12 months before a first period.
HELP HER FEEL PREPARED
Your daughter’s first period is a momentous event in her life, but it can also be a little confusing and anxious too. When it arrives, it’s important she feels prepared and is aware of what’s happening to her. You can help her to do this by:
• Talking her through the basics of why we have periods, how the menstrual cycle works and the blood loss she’ll experience.
• Showing her the products she’ll need to use and talking to her about how they work. It’s easy to forget that she probably hasn’t seen what a pad looks like.
• Chatting about your own experiences of puberty may encourage your daughter to talk about herself and reassure her that what she is going through is perfectly normal.
• Suggesting that she wears a pant liner daily if she is worried about starting her period away from home or in school. This can help build her confidence as it alleviates any fear that she’ll be caught unawares.
• Giving her some pads to keep in her school bag just in case. Lil-Lets teens starter pack contains a range of our products so she can try them all and work out what’s best for her. It also comes in a discreet cosmetic bag so she won’t get embarrassed if anyone sees it in her school bag.
• Downloading our ‘Becoming a Teen’ booklet which includes advice about puberty, periods and what products to use.
WHAT QUESTIONS MIGHT SHE ASK?
Here are some of the questions your daughter might ask you and some guidance on how to answer them.
The average age for a girl to start her period is 13. But in reality, it is common for girls to start anywhere between the ages of 8 and 18.
For most, no more than two and a half tablespoons or an egg cup full of blood is released every month.
Menstrual blood isn’t the same as the blood you’ve seen if you’ve cut yourself. Menstrual fluid lines the walls of your womb and is called endometrium.
It is a mixture of blood, tissue cells and natural secretions from the vagina and cervix and is not harmful in any way.
Menstrual fluid is not always red in colour. It can vary from very light brown to dark (almost black) red and this is perfectly normal. Some girls notice this lighter colour throughout their period, whilst others experience this lighter colour only on the last couple of days.
No, not unless you tell them!
Your period is likely to last for about 2 – 5 days but could be up to 10. Make a note in your diary of when it arrives, after a while it’ll begin to settle into a routine and give you an idea of when to expect the next one. First periods, just like any other period, can vary from girl to girl in the amount of blood released or the length of the period, all of which is normal.
Typically, between 21-34 days after your last period, but to start off with it could take longer than that. It can take your body a few years to fall into its own regular pattern.
Yes, you can! Just because it’s your time of the month, doesn’t mean you have to cancel what you like doing. Tampons allow you to go swimming and give you the confidence to carry on with all your normal activities such as going to your dance class, school trip, sleepovers and exercise too. Gentle exercise can also relieve any discomfort caused by period pain.
Most girls find that the first two or three days of their period are the heaviest and then during the last few days it gets lighter. Some girls use a higher absorbency pad or tampon during their heavier days and move to a lighter absorbency product in the last few days.
Lil-Lets offers a full range of Teens products, designed smaller for younger bodies, to help you discover what’s best for you.
Pads – Available in Day, Long and Night
Liners – Available in handy pouches of 4, perfect to pop in a school bag
Tampons – Available with and without an applicator
‘BECOMING A TEEN’ BOOKLET
If your daughter wants to find out more for herself, you can download our ‘Becoming a Teen’ booklet which includes advice on puberty, periods and what products to use.
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