The start of menstruation is a major event in a girl’s life. While some girls may feel happy about their first periods, most of them are bewildered at finding drops of blood on their panties. However her reaction may be on finding it out, the arrival of the first menses always holds the same meaning for every girl. It’s proof that she’s becoming a woman. Most girls begin to menstruate when they’re close to 12, but due to unhealthy diet and the change in hormones, periods may start as early as age 8! This is why explaining menstruation to your daughter in advance is extremely important. Here are some tips on the best way to prepare your daughter for menstruation.
Talk early and talk often: It’s better if you talk to your daughter about the changes she could expect in her body, as early as possible. Don’t plan a single tell-all session, instead broach the subject carefully and explain to her bit by bit. Have multiple conversations. If you mention these things to her often, she’ll brace herself and be prepared to think of it seriously.
Time your conversations: It would get easier if you time these conversations around similar health lessons; maybe the day she had a sex education class. Just start with the basics of anatomy and then go on gradually.
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Let her ask questions: If you aren’t sure how to start the conversation about menstruation, let her ask questions. Make sure to address each and every query that she has. If she only has her friends for information she might hear inaccurate information. And trust me you don’t want her to rely on them. She may be secretly scared, so talking to her can eliminate any unfounded fears that she may have or any anxiety she feels about her body. She may ask stuff like “What is menstruation?”, “Does it hurt?”, “When will it happen?” “What should I do?” “What if my friends come to know?” Make sure to answer each and every question that she has.
Help her cope with it: Apart from understanding how it (menstruation) works, she also needs to understand and be familiar with feminine hygiene supplies – I’m talking sanitary pads and tampons.
Lastly, as you know that the changes associated with puberty can be a little scary, reassure your daughter that it’s normal to feel apprehensive about menstruating, but it’s nothing to be too worried about — and you’re there to answer her questions.