Most girls get their first period when they are 12 or 13. Some get it before (as early as 8- read more on early puberty here) and some get it after (as late as 16).
No matter when your girl gets it, she is sure to have questions about it a long time before. This is because either one of her friends in the school has got it already or her friends are talking a lot about this impending change in their life. She might have attended a sex-education session in her school recently. Whether she comes forward to you with those questions entirely depends on the comfort level your daughter has with you. In fact, even if you are best of friends with your daughter, she might find it a tad too embarrassing to discuss menstruation with you. This is why it is all the more important for you to broach the topic, much earlier in the pre-teens even if your daughter expresses no doubts or anxiety about it.
It might be a difficult talk for you too – but remember that if you do not give her factually correct information, she will rely on her friend’s potentially incorrect views and information on the subject. This could change (and hamper) the way she views periods and her body as a whole. So how do you do it? We are here to help. Let us approach this issue on two fronts:
Now that you have a basic idea about how to bring up this topic and discuss it with your daughter, let us look at:
This is a tricky area. You want to provide scientific information to educate your daughter. But your daughter might not be concerned about the science behind it at all. Her questions might be more to do with bleeding or staining. So we are covering this section in a Q&A format.
Periods are not the only important matter you should discuss with your girl in her pre-teens. Read about 15 Things I Want To Tell My Daughter Before She Hits Teenage here.
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