Her period is coming – ready or not. Preparing to have the talk with your daughter is an important step. Here you’ll find all the facts about puberty you need to inform your daughter, answer her questions, and clear up any confusion she may have.
Your daughter's body is changing every day as she starts becoming a woman. What can you expect?
Somewhere between the ages of 8 and 14, a girl's body starts changing on the outside. But changes on the inside have already been in the works, preparing her body for puberty. The chemicals in the body that produce these changes are called hormones.
Before puberty, girls have flat chests and nipples. When puberty arrives, they develop breast buds, where the breasts rise slightly and the areola (the pinkish area around each nipple) grows wider and darker. As the breasts and the areolas continue to grow, the areolas and nipples may stick out from the rest of the breast. As growth continues, only the nipple continues to stick out.
Pubic hair begins to grow during early puberty. Usually it is in the shape of an upside-down triangle and starts a few inches below the navel. The hair may grow up a little toward the navel and out onto the inner thighs.
A girl’s weight increases about 10–20 percent during puberty. This weight gain is normal and healthy. However, as in every stage of life, good nutrition and exercise are important to maintain a healthy body.
PMS symptoms are caused by hormonal changes that take place before menstruation. As hormone levels even out, PMS symptoms gradually disappear. Symptoms of PMS include moodiness, anxiety, headaches, backaches, pimples, nausea, cramping, food cravings and, sometimes, depression.
A few things can alleviate some or all symptoms of PMS. These include eating well, getting enough sleep, relaxing with a heating pad., gently massaging your stomach, and over-the-counter pain medication.
Kids talk, and they may be sharing information that's not exactly correct. Clear up any confusion with facts that set things straight.
While Toxic Shock Syndrome is pretty rare these days, it’s a serious bacterial infection that can affect tampon users. The symptoms of TSS include sudden fever (usually 102° or higher), vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness and/or a rash that looks like sunburn. TSS can be avoided by changing tampons often (every 4-8 hours) and not using a higher absorbency than what’s needed.
Pads are placed inside your underwear to catch the menstrual fluid that leaves the body during your period. They come in all kinds of absorbencies, shapes and sizes, and are comfortable for most occasions.
Tampons are placed inside the vaginal canal, usually with an applicator, to catch the menstrual fluid before it leaves the body. Tampons are discreet and great when participating in sports or swimming.
Pantiliners can be used every day to absorb discharge and help avoid the surprise of an unpredictable period, or can be used as backup protection with a tampon. They protect underwear and absorb odors.