Our Advice Blog

Tips for talking
to mum and dad
about periods

#thetalk

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.

SO JUST HOW DO YOU START THE CONVERSATION OFF????

  • 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!.


Send a message
to your friends and family

Lil-Lets Video
Managing your period

It's always good to be prepared whether you have or haven't started your period.

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



What if I start my period at school?

So what are periods?

Ask a Question

SHARE

Add your Comment

YOUR NICKNAME:

YOUR COMMENT:

CHOOSE YOUR AVATAR:

ARE YOU HUMAN:

   

Comments

The Puberty Girl

I haven't had my period for 2 months! and no I'm not pregnant I'm only 12. what should I do?

Cakes

just after turning 10 I was getting ready for bed and my mum walks in, earlier she was doing the laundry & said she noticed whitish stains in a pair of my knickers & asked me if I had noticed it but truthfully I didn't. She said it's nothing to worry about & it is a healthy normal thing & she gets it too and it usually means that a period is not far away, she asked me if any of my friends had mentioned having periods yet which they hadn't but I did tell her that I had some "hair down there" and lifted up my nightie to show her. I was still very much a little girl but my body was beginning to say otherwise."

????

STAREEE: you do not need to tell your grandad if you do not want to( he does not need to know!)If you really must tell him, just do it in a subtle way!

Stareee

I feel shy about telling my Grandad

lulu1818

This was really helpful

mherna7055

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

ASK VICKI

If you have a question about periods, changes to your body or how you're feeling and can’t find the answer on here, ask Vicki for some advice. Just type in your question and press submit.

SUBMIT QUESTION
 

If Vicki can help you, she'll post an answer in the ‘Your questions answered’ page, so don't forget to keep checking it
(and the best thing is nobody will ever know it was you that asked!)