A number of young girls are startled by their first period. Most know that periods do exist, but starting is still a stressful and emotional time for them and their parents. How girls adapt to this new phase depends essentially on parental support and guidance. When is the right time to talk to your daughter about the changes in her body? What is the best approach?
“At Lil-Lets, we are women, and dealing with issues around women’s monthly cycles is our business. We are here to help. Our resident Lil-lets gynaecologist recommends that parents start the conversation with their daughters as early as possible,” says Darlene Smith, Marketing Director at Lil-lets.
“To prevent unnecessary anxiety, young girls need to know what to expect. We have developed a website, www.wearewomen.co.za, a safe place for teens and parents to get information and ask a gynaecologist any questions they might have.”
It’s natural for girls to worry about the changes they are going through and wonder if they are normal, especially if they are the first or last one in their circle of friends to start. They may be shy to talk about this, so parents need to take the initiative. Lil-lets has put together a special Teen Starter Kit which contains helpful information, and a range of products to give young girls the option to choose what works best for them – tampons or pads. The Teen Range of products has been specially designed to be shorter, narrower, thinner and smaller to comfortably fit young bodies.
“Through the Lil-lets School Initiative we are visiting 750 schools all over South Africa and reaching at least 150 000 girls aged 10 and upwards. These young ladies have a fun day during which they are taught what it means to have a period, told about the changes they may expect in their bodies, and we give them advice and guidance. We are women helping other young women,” Smith continues, “Most of all, they are given proof of how amazing women are and encouraged to celebrate and respect being female.”
The Lil-lets Teen Range offers the most extensive range of period protection products for young girls, from Teen Liners to a wide range of Teen Pads, as well as feminine wipes – all especially designed for South African teenagers. In addition, our website offers comprehensive guidance for teens and parents to make sure everyone is as equipped and prepared as they could possibly be. Parents can take a look at a specially-created guide which answers many of the questions teens may ask.
Have you prepared your daughter for her first period?