Preparing Preteens for Menstruation
Many parents may be hesitant to speak to their teen daughters about their first period. It’s all about how a parent approaches the conversation. They have to make the teen feel comfortable. It is very normal for a teen to go through physical, mental, and emotional changes during this phase.
How to Prepare Your Teen
- First of all, make time to discuss this topic with you teenager.
- Make her comfortable about the topic you want to discuss.
- Clarify any misconception that she might have about menstruation.
- Encourage her to read books, watch programs, and ask more questions so that she clarifies her doubt.
- Make sure that your teen gets sex education from school, which would help develop a positive attitude.
- Help her understand the female body and the menstrual cycle.
- You should be ready to give her the information, and let her know that every girl goes through this stage.
- She should also know that every girl is different from the other. Her period may last for seven day, but her friend’s cycles may be different.
- Also give her information about contraceptive pills and their side effects
She might come up with questions like:
What is menstruation?
Would it hurt?
For how many days will it happen?
What should I do then?
Schedule a Routine Check-up for the Following Reason
- If your teen’s period lasts for more than seven days.
- If she is using more pads than required.
- If she is having painful, heavy periods.
- If she hasn’t had her period by the age of 15.
- If she gets menstrual cramps, and she doesn’t feel better even after medication.