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In order to prepare your daughter for menstruation, it is important to discuss it with her before she starts. Although girls of the past typically didn’t start menstruation until they were in their teens, many girls today are starting as young as ten. Therefore, the topic of menstruation should be discussed before this time.
When discussing menstruation with your daughter, it is important for you to make her feel comfortable and to explain that the menstruation process is not something to fear. If you present a negative attitude toward menstruation, such as a belief that it is dirty or something you dread each month, your daughter will feel the same about the process. Instead, reassure her that it is a normal and natural part of growing up and becoming a woman.
When discussing menstruation with your daughter, it is not necessary to go into every detail of the female organs. You should, however, explain the basics. Let your daughter know the female body carries eggs, which are fertilized to make babies. Explain to her that menstruation is the body’s way of cleaning out the eggs that are not yet ready to be used.
If your daughter has further questions, tell her as much about the process as you feel comfortable with. Be sure, however, that you do not project the image that you are uncomfortable discussing the topic. Otherwise, your daughter may not feel comfortable asking you additional questions when it comes to changes in her body and her sexuality.
As a part of your menstruation discussion, you should explain the various types of menstruation products available. Explain the differences between tampons and sanitary napkins. In addition, help her understand the differences between the types of sanitary napkins available, such as pantyliners and overnight pads. Reassure her that it is okay for her to select the type of product that suits her best and that not all women prefer the same methods for handling their menstruation cycle.
In addition to explaining the types of menstruation products available, you should also show your daughter how to apply a sanitary napkin to her underwear. In addition, you should explain to her how she can insert a tampon.
Finally, teach your daughter how to keep track of her menstruation cycle. Although young girls often have erratic menstruation cycles, teach her that the average woman has a four week cycle. Show her how to keep track of her cycle on a calendar so she will be prepared the next time her period arrives.