Anxiety-Your Daughter’s First Period


If your daughter has not started her
first period yet, have you had the opportunity to have any discussions with
her? These young girls are so anxious about that very first experience. They
think of all these scary scenarios. They envision blood
everywhere and not knowing what to do and who to talk to.I don’t think
they help each other by talking to each other about it either. So I think it’s up
to you, as the parent, to get into some great discussions with them. I have
three different topics that might be helpful for you to start those
discussions. The first one is to help them understand
that having their period is a healthy cleansing of their body. That it’s not a
bad thing for them. It’s actually a good thing for their body. Also let them
know in that same conversation that a menstrual fluid that’s going
to come out is only about two to three tablespoons. It’s not that much. And if
you actually put two to three tablespoons of water in a cup, that will
give her a visual to help reduce some of her anxiety and see that this is not
going to be as difficult as she thinks and that most of this blood is
going to come out in the first day or so and then the rest of the time it
will slow down. Okay second, the second important thing
to talk to her about is make sure that she’s prepared with a pad that she
carries with her at all times. If she has a pad with her, she’ll have nothing
to be afraid of because she’ll be able to immediately take care of her
situation and it will be fine. I would even suggest that you get out of
pair of her underwear. Show her how to put the pad into the bottom of her underwear. Show her
how to secure it. The more visuals you can use here the better for her to
understand what is going to happen. My third suggestion is that you have a
verbal time of direction of what she can do in
different situations the first day of her
period. So walk her through scenarios like what
happens if you’re at school? What do you think you should do? What happens if
you’re playing a sport? What should you do? What happens if you’re at a friend’s
house? What should you do? As you develop plans for each of those
locations and situations and whatever other ones that you know are going on in
her life on a regular basis, then she’s going to feel less and less anxiety.
She needs a plan. Some parent, mom or dad, whoever’s going to have this discussion
with your daughter, please be gentle. Be inspiring. Don’t let this be
something that they’re going to be concerned about. Help them to see that a
good plan is going to make it all work, and that you’re there for them and that
you want to share in this very special time of transition in their life. I’m Dr
M with Anatomy for Kids. you

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