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Talking about periods

HOW SHOULD I APPROACH THIS?

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.

Knowledge is power. So talking about your daughter’s periods will give her loads more confidence.

Discuss The Science
Although it sounds an obvious thing to say, it’s worth talking her through the basics of why we have periods, how the menstrual cycle works and the blood loss she’ll experience. There’s a handy video on our Advice for Teens page which can help explain this.

Help Her Feel Prepared

One of the biggest worries many girls have is starting their period when away from home or in school. Very often, wearing a panty liner on a daily basis can build her confidence as it alleviates any fear that she’ll be caught unaware.

It’s also a good idea to give her some pads to keep in her school bag just in case. Lil-Lets has a teens range specially designed with young girls in mind.

Show Her Products

It’s easy to forget that she probably hasn’t seen what a pad or tampon looks like. Once you’ve bought a pack, show her a pad, how she should position it and how to dispose of it afterwards.

If you’d both rather not have this conversation directly, you can access some handy videos on our Advice for Teens page on using applicator tampons, non-applicator tampons and sanitary towels.

What Questions Might She Ask?

  • When will my periods start?
  • Do all girls start at the same age?
  • How much will I bleed?
  • Will anyone else know I’ve started my periods?
  • Do periods hurt?
  • How long should each period last?
  • How often will I have a period?
  • Which products should I use?
  • How do I use the products and how often should I change them?
  • Can I still exercise or swim when I’m on my period?
  • If you’re now wondering how you can answer these questions, we’ve covered all of these in our ‘Top 10 questions from girls’ .

Is There A Minimum Age For Using Tampons?
There is no minimum age for using tampons or a medical reason why a girl new to her periods should not use one. However, it is often best for them to understand their flow and monthly cycle before choosing to use this form of protection.

There’s also lots of good advice online, visit our Period FAQs for a start.