Right off the bat I have to say … I fear I might be the one with the meltdown occurring.
From an early age I tried to engage chat with Beth about periods and body changes and until 2 years ago (Beth aged 12) she literally visibly cringed at the mention of Tampax or sanitary towels.
However a year ago she could avoid it no more and it was time to discuss how to use these embarrassingly intimate female products and in fairness I saw the slight cringe but she actually didn’t throw things at me, nor did she cry in a corner and shout go away so I kind of took this as a good sign!
Although this always got me thinking I was lucky enough to have a really help and Un-embarrassing Mum that I chatted periods with but what would have happen for me as a young teen if Mum was not an option .. After all friends are not necessarily reliable on the period and body change front since they are all in the same boat.
Recently after a discussion with Tampax it seems I am not the only one that questioned just where teens go to get this kind of advice and they had produced a massive amount of research to mark the launch of the new Tampax Compak Pearl that not only is interesting to read but also has some fantastic advice from Dr. Radha Modgil, a GP and specialist in teenage health for both teens and parents too!
While I was reading through I was still shocked at where teens get their advice with 26% of girls asking their friends (natural choice but maybe not that well-informed) and 9% seeking out advice from bloggers and vloggers … well If I can help please do find my contact email on the right! … although I was still really pleased that 50% of girls will still ask Mum for advice … although its embarrassing we have all the same bits and pieces and although it may not seem like it .. we have been there too!
Don’t worry however teen as once you have babies that brings a whole host of embarrassment and lack of dignity … periods are only the warm up!
If you have some questions or answers on the period low down, there maybe some helpful answers below …
Carla Berry, UK Communications Manager for Tampax, “At Tampax we are committed to empowering girls to seize every moment of every day with nothing holding them back and believe that while periods have the right to exist, they should not interfere in our lives”
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