Talking About Menstruation With Your Tweens

While it can be difficult for you to talk with your daughter about menstruation, it is very important to take charge of the situation before it begins.

While many parents hope that their daughter will simply learn about the issue from her friends or at school, this is not the ideal way to get the low-down on such an important health issue.

For those in this situation, the task facing them is how to have the conversation and when to approach their daughter. Here are a couple of suggestions that can hopefully help you to make your job easier:

Broach the subject by the age of 8 or 9

On average, most girls start their periods when they reach 12 or 13. However, some girls can get menstrual periods as early as 9 or 10, so it is best to educate your kid by the age of 8 or 9.

Spread it out in smaller conversations

Instead of talking about menstruation in one long discussion, raise the issue and spread the topic over a number of smaller conversations. Otherwise, it can be quite overwhelming for you and for your kids as well.

Take advice from your family doctor

Get suggestions from your family doctor on raising the menstrual cycle discussion with your daughter. There are also many DVDs and books that explain menstruation on the market. You probably don’t need these aids, but it can help you to explain it in a more understandable way for your children.

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