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When should I talk to my daughter about puberty?

When will my daughter get her period, and when should I start talking to her about it?
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Most girls in the U.S. start menstruating between 12 and 13, but it's normal to start having periods as early as 10 or as late as 15. It's never too early to talk to your daughter about what she can expect from puberty, so go ahead and strike up a dialogue as soon as you feel she's old enough to understand and seems open to it. Menstruation tends to begin about two years after a girl's breasts first start to grow, so when you notice your daughter developing breasts, it's definitely time to start chatting.

Your daughter's first few periods will probably be irregular and painless, since menstrual cramps usually don't begin until a girl actually starts ovulating, which is usually 12 to 18 months after her first menstruation. Once these cramps start, over-the-counter pain relievers like naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) are the best medicine, since unlike acetaminophen (Tylenol), they specifically address muscle contractions, which is the source of menstrual pain.

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My daughter got her period recently and i just prepared her a fancy kit and gave her.I gave her everything that is available in the market,except a cup.I don't want her using that so young.I had also put in a pair of adira period panty in her kit.I know she will need those one day!
Submitted by kaushalpriya1
My daughter is 8 and the question has already popped up. I answered her questions and let her know that it was just a process that her body will go through when she transitions from a child to an adult. Now I'm sure that we will have many more conversations, the important thing is just to answer your child's questions in an age appropriate manner and be there for her. They absorb so much through outside sources that parents should discuss things like this with thier children early and often.
Submitted by lynnd13567035
i started talking to my daughter when she was 10 and i noticed changes in the body, i knew that her period was not far off, and i was pregnant at the time, so i needed to prepare her incase it happened while i was at the hospital. i told her what to expect and what she should do, if it happened at home to tell daddy, and he would know what to do, if it happened at school then she needed to go to the nurse and she would help her. the biggest thing i told her was that it was nothing to be afraid of.
Submitted by mommyw32009