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Posted on November 2, 2015 by admin

5 Ways to Prep For Her First Period

From heart-to-heart talks to period kits, here are 5 ways you and your daughter can prepare for her first period.

From heart-to-heart talks to period kits, here are 5 ways you and your daughter can prepare for her first period.

Every girl’s first period experience is unique. Some girls may excitedly await it, some may dread it, and some may not even have a clue about it! The truth is that having one’s period is a perfectly natural and healthy milestone in every woman’s life that every girl should look forward to.

In light of Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), here are 5 ways you can make sure that both you and your little lady are ready for her red days.

 

1. Talk expectations.

The fact is, your little girl is growing up – and that’s a beautiful thing! Make sure she’s equipped with the right facts and knows what to expect early on, including what changes to expect in her body and how to use feminine products properly. Menarche – or a girl’s first period – can occur anytime between 8 and 13 years old, sometimes earlier or later, so you might want to begin discussions while she is as young as 5 or 6 years old in order to get both of you acquainted and comfortable with discussing the subject.

The goal is to normalize menstruation and establish the idea that it is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Give her a realistic picture, emphasizing both the health and cleansing benefits of menstruating, as well as the mood swings and dysmenorrhea that may come with it. It’s best to hear the facts from a trusted source who can answer their questions and distinguish facts from folklore.

 

2. Don’t panic.

This one goes for both daughters and parents! While the exact day of her first period may be a surprise, what’s important is that you stay calm and supportive as she goes through these changes.

A girl’s first period is a milestone, but be sure to take her cue on how to respond appropriately: If she’s excited about it, you can have a small celebration – just make sure you’re not too eager, because nobody wants their first period announced on Facebook. Understand that some girls may not want to make a big deal out of their first period and as a parent, you should respect her need for discretion, too.

 

3. Teach her to know her body.

It’s surprising to know how many grown women still subscribe to menstrual myths and don’t have a complete understanding of what goes on during their monthly cycle. Make sure your little girl is in the know – teach her to know her cycle, what it means to be menstruating and ovulating, and the importance of counting and charting her cycle. Knowing these basics will help her know her flow and eventually predict her cycle on her own. If your daughter’s cycle is irregular, she can stay informed with the help of an OB/GYN.

While knowledge is definitely key, it’s important to first make sure your daughter is properly receptive to all this information. Avoid an information overload by feeding her age-appropriate details in small doses as she matures, rather than sitting her down for one long-winded lecture. Make sure you’re ready for any questions she may have – brush up with prior research, if necessary, or schedule a consultation with an OB/GYN that you can accompany her to. Most of all, be sure to keep an open mind and don’t hide behind euphemisms (remember: blood and vagina are not profane words).

 

4. Man up.

Discussing menstruation with the men in your family can be tricky and understandably awkward – but it’s completely necessary.

It’s important to let your boys be in the know (dad included) in order for them to have an understanding of girls’ bodies and be respectful of their needs. By the age of nine or ten, your sons should learn the basics of what it means when their mother or sister is on her period. Not only will this help neutralize the stigma against menstruation altogether, but it will also help create empathy as your boys learn to respect the girls’ need for privacy in the bathroom or even help them out by keeping sanitary products like pads and panty liners on hand for whenever one of the girls may need them.

 

5. Create a period pack.

Remember in grade school when your teachers used to require you to keep a hygiene kit in your cubby hole? They were right in starting kids young. Good hygiene is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to your daughter’s menstrual health.

Create a period pack consisting of 1-2 sanitary pads, panty liners, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, a small bottle of feminine wash, and an extra pair of underwear. Familiarize her with the products and how to use them properly even before she has her first period. Teach her what to do in case of tagos, sudden cramps, and other girly-mergencies. Keep her period pack in her school bag or handbag at all times so that when the day comes, she’s ready.

 

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