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How Do I Tell My Mom I Got My Period?

Published: October 24, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I got my period two months ago and I've been stealing my mom's tampons because in didn't tell her yet. How di I tell her I have my period
Signed: How Do I Tell My Mom I Got My Period?

Dear How Do I Tell My Mom I Got My Period?,

TeenHealthFX agrees that it would be a good idea for you to tell your mother that you got your period. Especially so that she can make sure you have your own supplies and so that you will be getting the right kinds of pads and/or tampons for you. Telling your mother will also open the door for you to be able to ask her any questions you may have about it.

FX suggests that you keep it simple and say something to your mom like, “Mom, I just wanted to let you know that I got my period. Can you help me to get some supplies?”

Often it can be hard for a daughter to think of her mother as a teenager getting her period for the first time. But your mother probably remembers it very well, may have had similar thoughts and feelings about it as you do now, and will, therefore, be more understanding about it than you may think.

FX would also like to remind you that getting your period is a normal part of life that has been happening to women for centuries. There is no shame in it, so try not to feel like it is this weird or terrible thing that needs to be kept a secret from your mother. It’s a perfectly normal part of growing up and something your mom has known would eventually happen!

For more information on periods, you can read the TeensHealth article All About Menstruation or talk to your primary care physician or adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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