Black and white image of a teenager with long hair sat with their knees up on a windowsill. Their face is obscured by their long hair.

The Importance of Being Open about Periods

The Importance of Being Open about Periods

This week I have another guest post, this time from Julz from The Red Head Diaries, talking all about her own experiences of periods as a teen as well as being open about periods with her eldest daughter.

Pre-Teen; becoming a woman

I remember when I began my periods. I was 11; it was the day before I started secondary school. I could see it seeing through my light tartan style skirt. I thought I was going to die.

There was never any real explanation about what was happening to me; there was a terribly basic sex education at Primary School, it never really prepared you for what would actually happen, and just how scary that first period would be. There was more concern for a teen pregnancy than to help lower the fear of having a period. Looking back, I guess it seemed disappointing to not have had the proper explanation.

Taboo

It is an incredibly strange thing to be scared of talking about; there was never any real openness about having periods as a teen; it always, always felt embarrassing to ask for sanitary products, it took me well into my adulthood to feel a little bit comfortable in buying them. Talking about it I guess felt dirty; in all honesty I have no idea why; being that having a period is such a natural bodily function.

Motherhood

My first child is a girl, I have three altogether plus a boy. I knew from the moment I held my daughter and she began to grow I wanted to have an open and close relationship with her; well with all of them.

There are reasonably big age gaps between my eldest daughter and her younger sisters; so had found myself being quite open with her as I recovered from having babies.

I needed her to know that having periods isn’t scary, or embarrassing; to ensure her that everything that happens is natural. This is why being open about periods is so important,

Womanhood

We have recently gotten to the stage where one of my girls has taken steps into womanhood; rather than shy away telling me or asking for sanitary products, she came straight to me; of course she wasn’t keen on her brother knowing – but what teen girl wants her brother to know all her secrets?!

Reusable

She is slowly working up to changing over to cloth sanitary wear, as it is a lot more comfortable and can be discreet when she wants it to be. As a cloth wearer myself, it is important to try and get her to switch, making her (hopefully) feel a lot more comfortable. Personally encouraging more girls her age to wear them would be easier to get the sanitary products out of landfill and oceans.

They have a number of designs which could encourage young teens to try, that is what my daughter seems to like about them.

We are very early into our teen journey, and hope to continue to be as open as we can be, to make her (them) as comfortable through their puberty journey.

Black and white image of a teenager with long hair sat with their knees up on a windowsill. Their face is obscured by their long hair. Below the image is the teal and red text 'The Importance of Being Open about Periods' against a dark purple background.

 

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  1. Great post! I wholeheartedly agree that we need to be open with girls and boys about what periods are, and what happens. Puberty can be a scary topic, but our kids sense our comfort with particular topics. They only get weird if we get weird!
    You should check out @endperiodshame too, run by friends of mine – they’ve done some great work.
    Oh and do you know “Tampons in Beautiful Places?”

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      I’ll definitely check them out and no I didn’t know about tampons in beautiful places – will look it up. Thanks for reading ?

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