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Topic : The first period
JulieKidspot - `10` `2012-07-13 10:41:58`  
From our article, Menstruation: Facts and Figures - "On average a girl will start menstruation at age 13 (called menarche) and will continue until she's around 51 (called menopause)."

How old were you when you had your first period? Were you prepared? Did you fully understand what was happening?

If your own daughter is approaching the age of menstruation, take a look at our article, Talking about periods - especially helpful when your daughter doesn't want to talk about it!

Practical advice: Prepare your daughter for her first period with our suggestions for a First Period Kit
Comments (8)
CreativelyCrafted - 3:22 PM Sun-22-Jul-2012
I was 12.. and was quite prepared.. but not for the pain or migraines that started at the same time for me :(My daughter was also 12 and we are lucky that we both have a very good relationship and she knew what to expect - thankfully she only has the normal crampy pains and no migraines (touching wood as I write this).I was about 14 or so before I worked up the courage to use tampons, but my daughter has no want to give these a go at all.... Thank goodness for 'wings' on pads!!!!
karinlee - 10:50 AM Mon-16-Jul-2012

I didn't get mine till I was 13 but gee am I glad I had the talk with my darling early as she got hers last week at the age of 11 :( and is that starting to make me feel old....

We were lucky as the school had a talk with all the year 6 girls and their mums last year so she was open to talking with me about it.  She has a wee kit in her bag incase it happened at school. She was actually super excited about it - which suprised me - as I thought most girls would curl up with embarassment.

mumof6 - 8:49 AM Sun-15-Jul-2012

I was 10 when I first got my period. I was very unprepared and it was quite a shock. My mother had not talked to me about it, maybe she thought I was to young yet.

My daughter is turning 9 next month and I am going to have the talk with her soon. I did try to have a talk with her last year but she didn't want to know, so I will try again. If all else fails I will do as the article suggests and buy her 1 of the books. 

thecoffeelady - 8:52 PM Sat-14-Jul-2012
I was 11 and partially prepared, My mum had done her best to explain however I had no idea about the bleeding, either she had missed that part out or I someone didn't hear that bit, anyway I was aware of such a thing but totally unaware of quite what happened.
SarahK - 1:39 PM Sat-14-Jul-2012

I was 10, and wasn't prepared either. I knew nothing and it wasn't until my mum found me crying that I had everything explained to me.

I have explained to my older girls, and try to make sure that have things with them where possible, so they don't get caught out.

JulieKidspot - 11:56 AM Sat-14-Jul-2012
I was 14 when I got my first period and even though I thought I knew what to expect, I so wasn't prepared! It came on very suddenly and I was caught out with no pads - it was extremely embarrassing. I also was not ready for the cramps and the awkwardness of dealing with a heavy blood flow.
MumBum - 9:30 AM Sat-14-Jul-2012
I was 9 years old and my Mum had already explained what would happen so I was totally prepared... she helped me use a sanitary pad for the first time and how to dispose of it, then I was fine to do it myself after that. Mum also helped me mark the days on my calendar so that I would know when to expect it the next month.
Mum sat down with me when I was around 7 years old and explained what would happen to my body and so when it happened at 9, it didn't panic me... I didn't mind talking about it because she chose a time when we were out together to have "the talk" and because I was only 7, I guess I just accepted it as a normal Mum talk.

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