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Tips for talking
to mum and dad
about periods

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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!.


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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.



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Hiya1234

I haven’t started my period yet but I’m oddly excited! I am having a few symptoms, so I think I’m gonna start soon. TOP TIP- don’t be scared of your first period!

Cheesypie

This guide really helped me. I really recommend it

Grace ace x

Don’t be scared about your period because it’s natural x

Camera dash

I’m scared cause I started my period today and only live woth my dad

Really57

Okay so I'm not sure about my period. I haven't started it yet but Ive been really moody lately. I have black curly hair down there that covers the entire area. I dunno what cramps are like but I think I might have had one in the past. Online tests say about 2 months. I'm almost 12. My mam got hers when she turned twelve and I think it was a couple of months after her 12th birthday. Can u estimate me?

Via ??

My first period wasn’t as bad, but was so embarrassing on my 2nd day! So basically I realised I got my period on the weekend and little did I realise I had blood on my jeans and had worn it the next day! I don’t know how no one realised.. And for does who don’t know much about their cycle, I would really recommend downloading the app called Clue because you can track you period and you’re moods and Clue will do all the work to predict your future cycle. It’s also free! x

Repling to The Pubery Girl

Don’t worry, periods can be really irregular sometimes. My bestie missed hers for 2 months as well. You’ll be absolutely fine! (^o^)/

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