Part of working as a Houston OBYN is working with young girls eagerly awaiting their first period. This is a topic many parents don’t know how to approach with their daughters while many daughters are unsure what they should be asking on this topic. To help all you parents out there approach the subject of periods with your daughters, take four tips for handling this inevitable change in a young girl’s life:
1. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average age for girls to start their period is 12. Yet, many girls today start as young as 8.
2. Most girls will start to develop breasts before they start their period. The beginning phase of breast development typically signals that the first period will come within a few years.
3. Most girls will have a white or yellow discharge within a year of starting the first period. Girls should be aware of this or they could think the discharge is their period. Parents can supply pantyliners when this starts.
4. Once a girl starts showing signs of breast development, growing pubic hair, or experiencing discharge, pads should be carried at all times and stashed away in a locker at school. The first period should be light so a thin pad is enough. It is best to always be prepared.
Do you have a young girl who would like to consult with a Houston OBGYN? Contact Dr. Lisa Otey through her website today.