Have you had ‘the talk’?

Tips to help your daughter navigate her way through puberty with confidence

Preparing for ‘the talk’ can be a daunting task. Here are a few simple tips to get the conversation started and keep it going over the years to come.

Straight talk

Schools start puberty education early these days, so make sure you chat to your daughter in advance. This will reduce any awkwardness she might feel in class. Don’t miss our tips on how to talk to your daughter about puberty.

The quickest way to get a teen to tune you out is to lecture. Keep your talks natural and have them often, so the lines of communication stay open as she gets older.

Be prepared

Hard-to-predict cycles can make the first year of your daughter's periods intense, and she may become frustrated. Maybe suggest she wear pantyliners every day to avoid any embarrassing accidents? Always Dailies are very thin and comfortable.

Encourage her to keep a period calendar or app to track her cycle so she knows when to expect it. She also might like to check out our menstrual cycle need-to-know

One of the best ways to explain the different types of protection to her is to take her shopping to see the options. But make sure you know ahead of time which products you'd recommend, because she’s bound to be embarrassed in the aisle!


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Trying tampons

Your daughter might get to the stage where she wants to try tampons. If so, explain how to insert one, or recommend her to go on BeingGirl for a how-to video. Help her overcome any fear of tampons by getting her one that offers comfort and easy insertion, such as Tampax Pearl Plastic Tampons. They’re a perfect choice for a young girl’s first experience with tampons.

Dealing with body odour

Once she hits puberty, your sweet daughter might not smell as sweet anymore. At the age of 9, let her know that body odour affects everyone (even you!), and think about giving her deodorant to use as part of her morning routine. This will help her avoid any issues with unwanted odour or wetness.

Beginner shaving tips

Your daughter might start to feel self-conscious about the hair on her legs as early as age 10. Spend some time with her in the bathroom, showing her how to shave using vertical strokes up to her knee and how to place a washcloth on the edge of the tub underneath her foot to help her maintain her balance. Avoiding nicks and cuts is important for a teen, so use a razor like Venus Embrace which makes shaving easy even for newbies.

Your tips on ‘the talk’

What are your thoughts on having open conversations with your daughter about the changes she’s going through on the road to womanhood? We’d love you to share any stories or advice.

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I started my puberty and periods before I was 10. Nobody had had the talk with me, so I thought something was wrong with me. I decided to talk to my daughter about puberty and periods when she was 8. I told her in simple ways at first, then when she got a bit older, I explained more. She followed suit and had her 1st period aged 11. I'm so glad that she didn't have to go through it alone. I answered any questions that she had and made sure that she never felt the way I had.

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