Advice for helping your daughter to deal with her periods

Advice for helping your daughter to deal with her periods

Prepare yourself for the downsides of your daughter’s menstrual cycle and you’ll be a big support to her if she has pain, heavy bleeding or irregular periods.


We all know that at some time or other in our lives, periods are anything but fun. Here are the three most common problems teenage girls tend to experience, with a few tips on what to look for and how to help your daughter manage her periods.

Period cramps
Unfortunately menstrual cramps before or during a period are common for many teenagers.

SUGGEST TO HER THAT SHE COULD TRY:

- Regular exercise and stretching
- Laying down and gently rubbing her abdomen to relax the muscles
- A warm bath
- A hot water bottle on her tummy or back

ALSO TRY: Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen but consult the pharmacist first. Consult her GP for treatment of significant period pain.


Heavy bleeding

Heavy bleeding can affect iron levels and make a person anaemic.

ASK HER TO TELL YOU IF:

- A period lasts longer than seven days
- Requires a lot of pad/tampon changes per day (every two hours or less)
- It’s accompanied by gushing (sudden surges of flow) or clots

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ALSO TRY: Keeping a diary of her periods so you can both explain the problem more fully to her GP.

IMPORTANT: If you are concerned about very heavy bleeding seek urgent medical advice.


Irregular periods

For the first two years periods can be very unpredictable.

REMIND HER:

- One period may last a day, while the next lasts ten days.
- It typically takes one to two years for cycles to become regular.
- Just remember that it’s perfectly normal.

ALSO TRY: Charting the irregularity, symptoms and flow of each period and consulting her GP if there is genuine concern about her menstrual cycle.

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