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Does My Daughter Need a Gynecologist?


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One of the most commonly asked questions by parents is whether their daughter should see a gynecologist or a pediatrician when they start their periods. The answer is an easy one: according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young girls should continue to see their pediatrician, even after the onset of menstruation.

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Monthly Mission: Find the Right Products


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If you’ve been hanging with Aunt Flow for a while now, we imagine that you’ve gotten to know her a little better over the months (or years!) We hope that since the day she first arrived, you’ve learned how to read the signs that she’s getting close, and prepare your body for her visit.

In fact, we’re sure you’ve grown up a lot and lots of things have changed since you first got your period. So…here’s the real question. How many of you are still reaching for that same old brand of pads or tampons that your mom used (and passed the loyalty of said brand down to you?) Be honest. We’re all friends here!

Seasons change, hairstyles come and go (thank goodness!) but for some reason, the one area where we all could stand to do a little research is usually the one area we never revisit once we get comfortable. What’s up with that? Unfortunately, unlike the side ponytail some of us rocked in middle school, this is one decision that could have real repercussions for our health and wellness.

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The Problem with Sex Education in Schools


The problem with sex ed in public schools

In recent years, there have been many cutbacks within school systems that have completely obliterated sex education and personal awareness classes for girls.

These classes, often approached with rolling eyes and embarrassed giggles from girls, were extremely important, fundamental really – in educating young girls about the ABC’s of puberty – from bras to periods and everything in between. Additionally, there are thousands of girls being home schooled, or taking classes online – which completely removes them from the typical Sex Ed curriculum AND the opportunity to learn about these ‘life lessons’ from inside the bathroom stalls at school.

Sadly, the absence of educational programs means that there are a lot of girls that are left in the dark about puberty. And likely, a lot of parents that don’t realize their daughters are in the dark. One of the worst things that can happen to a young girl is to start menstruation without being prepared, or for her to feel abnormal because her pubescent journey is different from other girls she knows.

With the onset of puberty, occurring earlier than ever, it is a parental responsibility to make sure that the girls in your life are prepared. And ready. And clear on the straight facts about puberty. Misinformation is just as bad as no information.


The problem with sex ed in public schools

Be Prepared Period is here for you. We realize this foundational educational program is virtually non-existent (or occurs too late for many girls that start puberty at a younger age). Because of this, we have striven to provide a platform for both adults and girls, in which they can get the most accurate information about puberty quickly and easily. (And discreetly.) We not only offer first period kits and monthly supplies subscriptions – but we also provide caregivers and girls comprehensive, compassionate and accurate guides that provide the straight facts about periods and puberty.

Be Prepared Period’s site was created to inform, educate, and remind parents and children that periods are a completely normal and natural part of life and growing up.
We even give females of all ages the opportunity to share their stories about puberty with the hopes that all of us will realize we have more in common than we think.

Be Prepared Period encompasses the needs of all types of families from all social backgrounds and strives to empower and equip parents and children to communicate about this exciting time in life and accept it with open arms.

It is extremely important that young girls are privy to information about puberty and periods in particular. Parents and guardians cannot rely on school systems to inform children about the ABC’s of puberty. The truth is that it is never too early to start talking about puberty with your daughter and you should start now. An easy icebreaker is the Be Prepared First Period Kit.

The Be Prepared Period site is prepared to act as a fully functional educational guide for parents and girls so that they will always BE PREPARED.



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Top Ways to Prepare Your Daughter for Her Period at School


Top Ways to Prepare Your Daughter for Her Period at School

 

Her backpack is packed and she’s ready to go…but have you prepared her for her period? Sure, you may have had “the talk” (or several talks!), but preparing to handle getting your period and cramps at school is a whole different set of topics. Many schools have moved away from allowing lockers, over the counter pain medications, or backpacks – so what should your daughter do when Aunt Flow unexpectedly arrives?

Luckily, the answer can be quite simple. Read on for our top three tips for preparing your daughter for her period at school. Click to continue reading… »



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Monthly Mission: Back to School


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It’s time to trade in your flip flops for pencils: August is here, and many areas of the country are heading back to school. School days can be stressful enough, without having to worry about cramps or having the right supplies. And we’re not talking about pens and paper – but these tools are equally important as anything you’ll find on a school supplies list. This month at Be Prepared Period, we’ll be diving into our best tips for heading back to school for girls that have started (or are about to start!) their period.  We’re here to tell you: with a little planning and prep, there’s absolutely no reason that periods should get in the way of a totally successful school year.

Whether you’re a student or a parent, you may have some immediate questions about when and how to start preparing for Aunt Flow. And while for many years, this is a topic that is often associated with high school or teenage years, periods are starting earlier and earlier today. In fact, 3 in 10 girls will start puberty by age 8. That’s around third grade for students in the US! Click to continue reading… »



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How Do I Know if it’s the Flu or Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Toxic Shock Syndrome often starts off with flu like symptoms. Since it presents quickly, and can often seem very similar to the flu, it can be hard to recognize these signs as a potential for something serious. For this reason, it is important that you understand the symptoms of each condition, and how they differ from each other.

As always, preventative measures are the best form of protection from Toxic Shock Syndrome. Making the switch to organic tampons (read more about a natural product switch here) is a great place to start. We recommend changing your tampon every two hours, and using only the absorption rate necessary for that day’s flow. For example – if you’re nearing the end of your period, you may not need anything more than a light absorbency tampon, or even a panty liner. In addition, alternating between internal and external product is wise. This allows time for any toxins that may have formed in your body to dissipate before you insert the next tampon.

We’ve created this quick graphic for you to compare symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome and the common flu. Remember – knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome is the first step to understanding your risk, and a quick response to the signs could save your life or the life of someone you love. It is important to note that while these are some of the most common symptoms, other side effects could come into play. If you fear something isn’t right, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to rule out anything serious. Click to continue reading… »



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Why is Endometriosis So Difficult to Diagnose?


Why is Endometriosis so Difficult to Diagnose

By Dr Pandelis Athanasias

 

Endometriosis is a painful disease which affects around 1 in 10 women, but reports have shown that it can take up to ten years to diagnose. Women with endometriosis typically experience very painful, heavy periods, pain during intimacy, infertility and a whole host of other issues.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, which is similar to the tissue lining the womb (endometrium), begins to grow outside of the uterus. This tissue can be found in many different places including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, bladder and stomach. As such, during every period these growths will shed, setting off inflammation and scarring and habitually causing intense pain and emotional turmoil.

It is a chronic illness with no cure and as such, women need to find a way to manage the pain, often massively affecting their quality of life. Why, then, are so many women failing to get a correct diagnosis, often waiting for years and visiting their GP on multiple occasions? Click to continue reading… »



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I Think I Have TSS, I Need Help, I’m Scared…


I think I have TSS, I need Help, I'm Scared

We receive lots of great questions through our PeriodTalk forum – and this one is a concern that many young girls have. For that reason, we wanted to share our answer here to help others who may be struggling with the same worry.

Here’s the question:

“I thought I had the flu as of two days ago.  Started with itchy throat, then next day the throat turned very sensitive and sore. This didn’t alarm me right away for I have always had issues with throat soreness at least 1-2 a year. However, the third night out of nowhere I woke up at 3AM, vomiting, having light diarrhea, body aches, headaches (which I never get) and abdominal pain. I think I may have TSS shock. I immediately took out my tampon and felt a little better but now I’m about to go to the ER to get checked and I’m just scared. I wanted to know what kind of tests they run if you go in with suspicion of TSS…..any advice.”

Thank you for reaching out to us. First – we are so sorry you’re feeling scared. The good news is, you’re aware of the risk and acting proactively. Here are our top tips for ladies who fear they may be affected by Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

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Monthly Mission: Toxic Shock Syndrome Awareness


Monthly Mission - Toxic Shock Syndrome Awareness

If you’ve opened up a box of tampons before, you’ve probably encountered the scary warning label on the inside of the pamphlet: “Tampons are associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome. (TSS)”

And whether or not you took this warning seriously the first time you saw it, most likely your concern has slowly dissipated the longer you’ve used tampons. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Unfortunately, this is a mistake that can have grave consequences. Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. It is often associated with the use of super absorbent tampons that contain rayon and other synthetic materials. And unfortunately, girls that are just starting their periods are at a higher risk, since their antibodies are not yet fully developed. This makes it all the more important to be informed about the risks of TSS from a young age.

It is crucial for menstruating women and girls to know the risk, the symptoms, and what to do if they think they may have TSS. This dangerous condition claims lives each year; on average, 1 in every 100,000 people in the United States will experience it annually.

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Help! My Teen Daughter Won’t Talk to Me About Her Period


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We recently received a great question from a parent. Her question is so relatable, that we wanted to share it here! It’s something every parent has felt in one way or another.

Here was her message to us:

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