Many young women are not taught about periods until they happen. This can lead to misunderstanding and a fear of bleeding to death. Some young women have sensory issues around sanitary wear.
Girls cope better with their periods if they know what’s coming in advance. Before puberty (and periods) start, children should be taught that their body will change as they grow and they will bleed once a month. This is nothing to worry about.
- Introduce information about periods before they happen, around 8 or 9.years
- Parents, teachers, speech and language therapy may be involved in planning., NHS sexual health team can provide some resources.
- Social stories can be developed about how to manage a period
- The young person can carry their own instructions in their purse or bag to remind them when to change their sanitary wear.
- Keep a box in the toilet at home and one toilet at school with sanitary wear and same instructions (take pad off, put in bin, put in another one, wash hands etc).
- Trial and error test with variety of sanitary pads due to sensory issues. Some parents put the sanitary pad inside the gusset of the pants.
- Social stories should be personalized depending on understanding.
- Keeping a diary or calendar to show when a girl has her period
- Support for as long as the young woman needs, usually a few months
- Some young women celebrate their period as a sign of growing up - a cake/ hot chocolate to celebrate and give it a positive slant