I still remember, exactly, when I got my period. I was 11, and I was wearing my mom’s undies because we were staying at my grandparents’ and I didn’t have any extra. Making it worse, it was the day before seventh grade started. Talk about mortification–I had to tell my mom I was bleeding all over her underwear, only to be topped off by the fact that I had to start Junior High with a big ol’ pad. It was the worst, and I hid it from my friends for as long as I could because I was so embarrassed. It shouldn’t have to be like this–getting a period is, obviously, a natural step to being a woman. But, how do you explain this to your tween? Breezy Mama turned to Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D. , founder of the online wellness community OwningPink.com, OB/GYN and the author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend, for some expert advice on how to initiate the talk, what to say, and what we should know about our young daughter’s period.
You state that many girls get their period at age 8, but at what age should we explain what a period is?
I think you can’t start too early. My 5 year old daughter already knows that when girls get older, they start having blood come out of their vagina, and when that happens, [Read more…] about How Girls are Getting Their Periods By Age 8 and Starting the Talk