Empowering Teen Women When It Comes to Feminine Health
How to have those awkward yet important conversations with your daughter
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
July 13, 2020
Puberty and body changes can be an awkward conversation to start but it is an important topic for parents to speak to their teens about. Here are some tips on how parents can normalize this dialogue with their daughters and have effective conversations about these topics.
Demystify the Topic
For starters use real terms and language to discuss body changes and menstruation. Use a positive tone to normalize the conversation, setting it up as something that should be celebrated as a woman. According to a 2018 study from the confidence code for girls, confidence levels drop by 30% for girls between the ages of 8 and 14, when they are experiencing these bodily changes. Approaching these conversations head on shows that there is no shame around how we acknowledge puberty and it helps build confidence in knowing how to talk about it with others.
Ahead of the conversation gather books, products, or references to help address questions and support the talk. Parents can create a kit for their teen. This can get her excited about body changes and menstruation and feel like it’s not only an important part of her overall health, but part of a personal or self-care routine.
Use Your Own Experience
This is something every woman goes through. If you are a woman, talk about your own experience with puberty so your teen understands how it has affected your life and that she’s not alone in how she may be feeling. Give insight into your own experience of getting your period for the first time and what it was like for you.
Talk to Kids about Puberty Early On
Talk to your kids about menstruation before they hit puberty, so they know what to expect. You may start to answer questions as early as 3 to 4 years old when they see or hear references to periods or ask about certain vaginal health products. Daughters will go through body changes every year so start having regular conversations often. This will enable her to feel comfortable talking to others about the changes, reinforcing that there should be no shame when it comes to speaking about vaginal health. Now that we are all at home, capitalize on the time to bond with your daughter so she’s always comfortable and confident coming to you to talk.
Buying the Right Feminine Care Products
Do your research ahead of time to find out what the latest products and tools are, and what is best for making menstruation easy to manage. This year, Vagisil launched a line of products inspired by the brand’s mission to empower generations of shameless women. OMV! is the first ever line of personal care products designed by teens, for teens with the makers of Vagisil. The products come in fun, colorful packaging to help celebrate a teen’s experience, giving them a product they can call their own and a tool to help parents jumpstart the puberty conversation easily. The line includes an all-day fresh wash, bikini anti-itch serum and no-sweat wipettes. All Gynecologist tested, PH balanced and specially formulated ultra-gentle for intimate areas. To encourage generations of shameless women, parents should always reinforce that it’s not embarrassing to talk about products like OMV! and establish vaginal health products as a part of overall health and wellness.