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5 ways to prepare your kid for their first period

Preparing your kid for their first period may seem like a scary task. But it doesn’t have to be! Think back to when you were that age. What did you wish your parents told you? What would have made you feel more comfortable? In this blog, we dive into the top things you should speak to your kid about prior to their first period. 

1) Explain what a period is

The first time you get your period can be rather scary especially if you weren’t expecting it! When your kid sees blood in their underwear, they may think something is wrong with them. During the monthly menstrual cycle, the uterus lining builds up to prepare for pregnancy. Explain to your child that their period is their body’s way of shedding the monthly buildup of the lining of their uterus.

2) Explore the different types of period products

Nowadays, there are so many different types of period products to try including pads, tampons,  period underwear, and menstrual cups. Many people often use a combination of products throughout their cycle as well. There are many factors to consider when choosing a menstrual product including comfort, sustainability, your lifestyle, and more. We actually wrote a blog on the guide to finding the right period product. Consider reading this blog together and discussing the different options available. 

3) Demonstrate how to use each period product

Now that you’ve discussed the types of period products, make sure to also show your child how to use them! Show them how to use a pad and how to dispose of it properly. The first time they try to use a tampon may be daunting. Try to show them how to use one in advance so that they aren't caught stressed in a situation trying to figure it out on their own. You can use our step by step guide to inserting a tampon to walk through the process together. 

4) Give them a marlow tampon lubricant!

To make your child's first time using a tampon easier, give them a marlow tampon lubricant! This makes it much easier and smoother to use a tampon especially if they experience any nerves or anxiety around using a tampon. 

5) Talk about the symptoms they may experience

Everyone’s cycle is different and therefore, they may experience different symptoms throughout their monthly cycle. Talk through some of the common symptoms they may experience including acne breakouts, cramps, mood swings, cravings, muscle aches, lack of energy, and bloating.

If your kid is approaching the ages 9-14, they may get their period soon. If you cover these top 5 items prior to them getting their first period, they'll be well prepared for when the time comes!