Getting Menarche Ready

 

Getting Menarche Ready

 

What is a Menarche?

Menarche (mi-NAR-kee) is the name for your daughter’s very first period.

 
When does it occur?
  • Menarche may occur anytime between 9yrs and 17yrs
    • Usually around 2 years after her breasts begin to develop.
    • Usually around 6 months to one year after vaginal fluid (white/yellow sticky mucus) is discharged from her vagina into her underwear.
 
How will I recognise it?
  • You may see spots of blood in your daughter’s panties (this may be brown or red).
  • Her first period may or may not be heavy, and in some cases can be considered spotting (spots of red or brown in her underwear).
 
How long will it last?
  • This varies from girl to girl and can be hereditary, but an average time is 3 to 7 days
 
How to manage the bleeding
  • There are a variety of sanitary products on the market and the selection is usually based on personal choice and convenience. However, if you would like non-inserted (not inside the vagina) and environmentally conscious products, Butterflies recommends re-usable cloth pads. Please see our recommended brands page:
 
How do I prepare for my daughter’s Menarche?

Once you suspect all the signs indicate that your daughter is due to start menstruating, you can prepare for it.

Suggestion:

Carve out some time for just you and your daughter to go on a bonding day out with activities which will include a shopping trip to create a Menarche Ready Kit (MRK).

Buy an attractive pouch/purse/makeup bag/ to contain the following suggested items:

  • One re-usable sanitary pads or biodegradable disposable pad
  • One pretty menstrual leek proof panty
  • One flannel (or individually wrapped feminine hygiene wipe if preferred)
  • One plastic zip bag (food bag) for soiled pad/underwear

 

Make sure your daughter carries this with her whenever she leaves the house ensuring that she is always
Menarche Ready!

 

 

 

 

 

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