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Talking About Periods: How to Have The Period Chat

Everything you need to know, from signs your daughter is starting her period to the products she needs

Her First Period

If you’ve noticed your daughter starting to show signs of puberty, she may not be far off starting her period. It’s important to have a quick chat with her (nothing too heavy) and help her prepare. Read on to find out  all you need to know about talking about periods with your daughter.  We know starting the conversation can be hard, so don’t worry if it takes you a few attempts to build up to it. We’re sure she’s just as apprehensive, but knowledge is power and if she’s clued up on the changes to expect she’ll handle them with confidence. Although it sounds an obvious thing to say, it’s worth talking her through the basics of why we have periods, how the menstrual cycle works, and the blood loss she'll experience.

Teen Booklet

Becoming a Teen Resources

As well as the other articles on our website, we've got all the information you need here to help explain these things in our ‘Becoming a Teen’ booklet. One of the biggest signs your daughter’s period is about to start is an increase in discharge. You may want to buy her some panty liners to protect her underwear and make her feel less paranoid about starting her period and being caught short!

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Being Period Prepped

Let her know what to expect and get her a few products to keep discreetly in her bedside cabinet or her school bag. Then at least if she’s prepared it can reduce any anxiety she’s feeling about that dreaded first period. Lil-Lets Teens Range has been specifically developed to fit smaller bodies whilst providing the same protection as adult products. You may remember having to use the products your mother had stashed in the bathroom cupboard and sitting in class with a giant pad in your pants. Here at Lil-Lets we remember those days almost too well and have specifically created our Teens range of liners, pads, and tampons to be smaller.

Period Starter Kit

If only there were a Period Starter Kit...

Well, we’ve thought about that too. We’ve been working with women for years and it’s something almost everyone wishes they had growing up. Our Starter Pack includes everything your daughter needs, including our Becoming a Teen booklet, in one cute but handy bag. We think the kit is ideal for when you have ‘the chat’, as you can talk her through how to use a pad and advise her on tampons if this is something she wishes to use in the future. In demystifying the ways to manage her period she’ll be a lot less daunted by the prospect of starting. Likewise, the starter kit is ideal for popping into school bags in case she starts her period in the school day…if you’re like us, it was one of our biggest fears as a teen! We hope that you feel more confidence in talking about periods, and that you feel equipped to answer any questions that may be thrown your way!

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Teens FAQs

What are tampons?

Most tampons are made from a cotton like material, which is compressed into a small cylinder shape. Tampons are worn inside your vagina to absorb menstrual fluid. There are two different types of tampon, known as applicator and non-applicator and these give you a choice about how you insert them.

Why is period blood different?

Menstrual blood is not the same as the blood you see when you cut yourself elsewhere on the body. Menstrual fluid lines the walls of your uterus and is called endometrium; this is a mixture of blood, tissue cells and natural secretions from the vagina and cervix and is not toxic or harmful in any way.

How long will I have periods for?

On average you can menstruate for up to 40 years, with 13 periods each year, that’s a whopping 520 periods in a lifetime! So now you can see why it’s important to understand your menstrual cycle and use the correct products for your flow.

How much blood is in a period?

It can look like there is an awful lot of blood being lost but don't worry! You’ll be surprised to learn that for people with an average menstrual flow, no more than 2.5 tablespoons or an egg cup full of blood is released each month.

What colour is a period?

Menstrual fluid is not always red in colour – it can vary from very light brown to dark red (almost black) and this is perfectly normal. Your period may be lighter in colour at the start or you may only experience a lighter colour on the last couple of days... It all depends on your individual flow!

Will my period stop if I go in water?

You may have heard the rumour that periods stop in water due to water pressure, or depending on how cold the water is and therefore you don’t need to use any protection at all. This is NOT TRUE, menstrual fluid is released when the muscles surrounding your uterus contract and they can do this anywhere and anytime, even in water. So make sure you're always protected - a tampon is the best option because it's worn internally.

What do I do with used tampons?

Don’t flush your used tampon down the loo! Instead roll it up in tissue and pop it in a bin in the toilets or with other household waste.

When am I going to get breasts?

Breast development can start from the age of 7 -15 with the average being around 9-13, so don’t worry if your friends start developing or wearing bras before you, we are all different and it’s not a competition!

What do I do if my period has stained my clothes?

First off, don't panic, it happens to all of us at some point in our lives! The key is to treat the stain as soon as possible with cold water. Hot water causes the stain to heat and seep deeper into the fabric, so cold water is absolutely key! Hold the stained item taut under running cold water and you may find this gets all of the blood out. If not, give the stain a rub with some soap or laundry detergent and put it in the washing machine. Remember, some stains can be really stubborn so don't give up if it doesn't work straight away, they may just need another wash. Also, if you're pushed for time and can't wash your items straight away, pop them in cold water to soak - it'll make it much easier to deal with the stain later if it hasn't had the opportunity to dry!

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