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This document reflects emerging concepts on patient safety and is subject to change. The information should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. Environmental factors, including socioeconomic conditions, nutrition, and access to preventive health care, may influence the timing and progression of puberty.
Back to Periods. Most girls start their periods when they're about 12, but they can start as early as 8, so it's important to talk to girls from an early age to make sure they're prepared before the big day. Many parents feel awkward talking about periods, especially with pre-teen girls, who can seem to get easily embarrassed.
Girls can start their periods as young as 10 or 11 years old. But what if your first period meant your parents thought you were ready for marriage? Or, if every time you had your period you missed school? For some girls, their periods mean the end of their education and the beginning of a lifetime of domestic work, pregnancy and even, violence.
Your child will go through lots of changes in puberty. One of the most significant milestones is her first period. Most of the blood and tissue comes out in the first couple of days, but some girls will continue to have bleeding for up to seven days.
For too many girls in South Asia, their first period is a surprise. Without knowing what is happening to their body and why it is happening, menstruation can become a scary and confusing time. As a teacher, you have a wonderful opportunity to prepare the girls in your class for their monthly period.
It was probably in 5th or 6th grade, when your homeroom teacher came into the class, rounded up all the boys and shepherded them out of the room. Although this may have seemed like a precautionary gesture for the girls, it only served to silence them and make periods seem like a gender-specific secret. Rather, many girls believe that periods are a burden to be borne every month, silently and in shame.
We have answers for girls and ideas for parents. Do not worry about talking about periods, sharing information and advice is the best way to understand your period and have a happy month! Have you just started your period? Or want to know what to expect?
Talking about personal subjects like periods menstruation can make parents and kids feel a little uncomfortable. But kids need reliable information! Helping your kids understand their bodies will help them make good decisions about their health.
It's important for girls to understand the changes they can expect from puberty, including how to manage menstruation, before they begin puberty. Educating tween girls about pads and tampons before they need them helps them adjust more comfortably to the changes of puberty and remain confident during what can be a difficult phase of growing up. Your daughter is probably already familiar with pads either from you, her friends, TV commercials or health class. Just in case she isn't familiar, be sure to explain that pads are meant to help girls and women manage their periods and stay clean and dry while they are menstruating.