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Tips for talking
to mum and dad
about periods


The idea of talking to your mum and dad about your period and all the other stuff that’s’ happening to your body can be pretty awkward!

One thing’s for sure, your mum's gone through it too, so she'll know what it feels like and as embarrassing as it may be, once you’ve had the chat you’ll feel so much better about it.


  • 1. You’ve probably got a lot of questions, but don’t feel you have to ask them all at once. Take it slow, chats need only last a couple of minutes and can happen anywhere, in the car, when helping to lay the table for dinner, or when out shopping.
  • 2. Ask your mum how she felt when she was growing up, you could ask how old she was when she hit those special milestones herself, such as her first bra, first period, first kiss etc. If she starts chatting about her own experiences, it’s only a matter of time before the conversation moves over to you and how you feel.
  • 3. If you’ve got brothers and sisters and never get any time alone with your parents, then why don’t you ask to go on the weekly food shop with your mum or dad and ask to look down the pads and tampon aisle to see what products are on offer. After all you may not want to use the same products that your mum uses and our Lil-Lets teens range has been designed for girls who are new to periods.
  • If you live with your dad, don’t worry, he’ll know all about periods too, but if you find it hard to discuss this with him, then ask a female family member for some help, an aunt, older sister or grandmother will be more than happy to speak to him for you. Alternatively, you could leave him a note with a list of things you need when he next goes shopping, such as antiperspirant, wipes etc. add a pack of pads to your list and he’ll soon get the message.
  • 4. How about sending a text? That way you’ll avoid any initial embarrassment from your side. They'll understand and be proud that you have found a way of letting them know you are now ready to talk about periods and puberty.
  • You could even send them one of our e-cards and if you know their e-mail address and we can do the asking for you!.

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Managing your period

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This chapter gives you some advice on what to expect and tips to manage your period.

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I feel shy about telling my Grandad


This was really helpful


Hi!I just had my first period and thanks for the tips!

nicky's ma name

how do i make sure i'm ready if i'm not a ready person or a morning person


I started my period in June 2017. I have told my all my friends about it, and they have theirs too. But I haven’t told my bff, she hasn’t started, I just can’t tell her, idk why. She’s a very squeamish person, she fainted in science classes when we discussed the Heart and had a period/ sex Ed class. We’re both 14, I’m 2 months older than her. I rly wanna tell her, bcoz we Always said we wud tell each other when it came. I rly feel guilty for not telling her, any suggestions on how to?


@Tampons as weird as it sounds, I would recommend taking a chocolate bar or something with a crackly wrapper and if they ask just say I was eating some _____ .It works with my two little brothers. If you live in an older house, your toilet flushes are probably really noisy so just flush the toilet and quickly open your pad up. Lastly, you can open the pad up in your room or under the covers if you share a room and then pop on a dressing gown and you can discreetly hide your pad or whatever. Yeah hope this helped xx. Also, there is no age limit to wearing tampons as long as you are on your period. It is DISGUSTING to pull out a dry tampon


When I’d the right age to use a tampon? Also I have 3 older sisters, 2 have started their periods and 1 hasn’t, I feel really self conscious in the bathroom in case they hear me opening pad packets! What do I do?


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