As many of you know, I have been a Kotex Mom for a few months now. It’s been a great experience for both me and my teenager. It’s opened the door for us to speak more frequently and honestly about her periods. Recently, we had a conversation about those “unexpected moments” and what she should always do & have on hand to prepare for them. Here’s the breakdown of what we discussed:
Periods usually come every 28 days. Keep track of your period on a calendar and you’ll have less “oops” moments at school or out and about.
When you start feeling cramps in your lower abdomen, take ibuprofen (or other pain relief). This is also a sign that your period is coming. Identifying the signs can help you prepare.
Keep Kotex pads in your backpack or cosmetic case. Always. The more prepared you are, the less embarrassment you’ll have when “unexpectedly” having your period. No need to ask your friends or the school nurse for help – being proactive will keep you at ease and ready for the unexpected.
Keep track of when you should change your pad. Knowing how long you’ve been wearing a pad will help you know when it’s time for a change.
Know that your flow changes each day. Knowing that your flow is usually heaviest the first couple of days will keep you from wasting your pads a few days in.
Shower EVERY day. As women we know that the *ahem* scent isn’t so pretty after a while. (Definitely not sunshine and roses!) Kids might not realize that so it’s important for them to know that proper hygiene is a MUST during that time of the month.
Our talks have gone well (and have gotten more open and honest each time). I’m glad that she feels comfortable enough talking to me about these things and doesn’t reach out to others who might give her erroneous information.
Are you prepared to talk to your teen or tween?
For more information on the products offered by U by Kotex, the Kotex website is a great reference. And you may want to pass on the U by Kotex website to your teen or tween – the site may help answer some of their questions.