How much do you know about periods?
Period myth or fact? You don’t have to take your daughter to see a doctor when her period starts. Fact! Unless there is a problem like severe pain orbleeding, she probably won’t need to see a gynecologist just because she’s had her first period. For more detailed information, visit our section on whento see the gynecologist.
Fact or Myth? No exercise - you should always rest during your period. Fiction! If you feel like exercising, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. It'sactually a great way of controlling PMS and cramps because it increases the supply of oxygen to the muscles.
Fact or Myth? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is all in the mind. Fiction! While some people may be confused about what PMS symptoms actually are, PMS symptomsare related to the way your body’s hormones change through your monthly cycle. Symptoms can be emotional (like irritability, depression or fatigue) andphysical (cramps or headaches). Check out the facts on PMSand get some tips for minimizing the very real symptoms of PMS.
Fact or Myth? Daughters don’t always tell their mothers when they start their periods. Fact! Girls may feel shy or too embarrassed to discuss their periodswith their mothers. Mothers need to let their daughters know that they welcome discussions and questions about intimate subjects. It's important that adaughter feels she can trust her mom with such personal information. Check out these tipsfor keeping the conversation open with your daughter.
Fact or Myth? Talking to your daughter about periods before she starts will only scare her. Fiction! It's always a good idea to be open and honest withyour daughter. Because girls typically begin menstruation any time between ages 9 and 16 (for most girls, between 11 and 13), it’s hard as a parent to knowwhen to broach that topic. You should look for signs in your daughter’s development, like budding breasts and an increase in perspiration, pimples andunderarm hair. These clues can help you know she has entered puberty and you should continue (or open) the dialogue. If you don’t talk to her first, shemay be scared when she starts bleeding. Check out these conversation starters for teens.
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