I’m kind of dreading talking to my mom or my dad about my first period. What should I say to them?

Yup, “the talk” can seem pretty awkward, but it’s not always the case. Actually, it can be a big relief to get it out in the open. Your mom (or your dad, depending on your situation) may approach you about it, but if they don’t and you’re feeling your period starting to come on, don’t wait. Ask for what you need!  Just tell them you need to talk about something important. If it isn’t urgent, wait for the right moment when you can speak with them one-on-one. Or write them a note telling them what you need.

If you do decide to start a conversation with your mom, a good way to begin is to say, “Mom, I need to talk to you about my period. It’s kind of awkward but I need to talk to you.” or simply, “Mom, I need to buy some “that-time-of-the-month supplies”.” She’ll be sure to fill you in on all the details you need to know and make sure you get what you need. It’s always a good idea to have all of your questions written down, so you can get all of the answers you’re looking for.

A good way to bring it up with your dad is to say, “I need to buy some “that-time-of-the-month supplies”.” It might be a little awkward, but he’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. He’ll make sure you get your “supplies”, and if you are both comfortable with it, he can try to answer some of your questions. If one or both of you would prefer not to talk about it, that’s okay. Perhaps you can find a female family member to talk with, like an aunt or your grandmother. Or find another woman your dad trusts. Again, it’s a good idea to have all of your questions written down.