Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

How old should my daughter be when I talk to her about her period?

I think parents should talk to their children about periods and menstruation generally from a young age but when a parent starts to notice some physical changes happening in their daughter like breast buds appearing, hair appearing in the arm pit or pubic area, that's a good sign that you should have a more specific conversation with your child about what to expect with her first period, that it might be happening in the next year or so.

It’s good to start talking to your daughter about her period and other body changes she can expect during puberty before she experiences them.

Once you start to notice some physical changes, such as body odor, hair in her armpits or pubic area, it can be a good time to have a conversation about her period, Premier Physician Network (PPN) providers say.

Make sure to talk to your daughter about her period by the time she starts growing breast buds, because she will likely start her period within two years after that.

Talk to your doctor for more information about when to talk to your daughter about her period.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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