My daughter just got her first period and I have no idea what she should use?
Girls are now getting their first period even younger than ever before, with some girls as young as 8 years old beginning their journey into womanhood. It is perfectly normal for girls to get their first period anytime between 8 years old and up to 16 years old. There is no way to determine what age your tween or even teenager will get their first period, but being prepared is the best way to save face for everyone.
There is no right or wrong method to begin with when it comes to feminine hygiene, I think it mainly comes down to the age and maturity of the girl involved. Personally, I think beginning with pads is the safest, easiest and most relaxed introduction to the world of getting your monthly cycle. When my daughter began getting her period, I hadn’t given a thought as to what she should use and hadn’t looked at what was actually on the market. So here is a review of what is available so you and your daughter can make the best informed decision on what is best to use.
Pads (for everyday use)
When your daughter has just got her first period, pads are the safest option. Pads come in many different sizes, depending on the flow of your period. Pads now have wings which stick around the underwear, causing less movement and leakage. There are pads which are suitable for night wear, standard flow and ultra light flow. Pads now can be scented (yes scented) and also with cool different coloured wrapping to attract young girls. We recommend beginning with pads as it the easiest method, causes less stress and anxiety about having your period. We recommend the following for tweens and teenagers:
Liners (for first periods – beginners)
Liners are a thinner version of pads, in fact some brands no longer use the word pad and call them all liners. Liners can be used everyday to help stay clean and fresh. They can also be used with tampons for extra protection when playing sports. These are a great option for tweens who are just starting their periods and they are irregular. The liners we recommend for everyday use for beginners or as a back up when playing sports are:
Tampons (for beginners)
Tampons also come in a range of sizes depending on flow, comfort level and experience. Some tampons also come with an applicator to aid in incursion. The 3 tampons we recommend for beginners and ease of use are:
When my daughter came to me and said, “I just got my first period”, I wish I had all the information at hand to deal with the situation. We struggled through it so when my next daughter approached me, I was prepared.