Talking To Your Daughter About Menstruation
It is important that girls know
about menstruation well before the first
menstrual period occurs. It is not a good idea for parents to
wait until a girl is a certain age such to discuss the subject
as all girls are unique and some develop faster than others.
There are signs that you can watch
for that can clue you into whether you child is approaching her
first period, such as breast growth
and pubic hair growth. To begin talking to her about menstruation
explain the normal changes in puberty and the process of the menstrual
cycle. As well, take the time to dispel any myths about menstruation
- such as you cannot do sports or shower when you have your period.
Reassure your daughter that it is natural
and that it doesn't have to keep her from her normal activities.
As well, this may be a good time to discuss with your daughter
how she can best care for her body with daily baths, use of a
deodorant, and frequent changes of pads or tampons.
Contrary to prevailing myths,
girls who are virgins CAN safely use tampons from their fist period
onwards, if they choose. Help your daughter to prepare
emotionally and in practical terms for her first period with her
own supply of sanitary products, ready in advance.
Feeling that menarche is a natural
event can help a girl feel better about becoming a young woman.
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