Double Sunrise Young Women's Health: early teen to college years

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Most Girls Have Questions

Most girls have questions about what's happening to their bodies as they change. Some girls can ask their parents, and that is great. Some girls find it very difficult to bring these questions up with their parents, but would like to. Other girls would prefer to talk to an adult who is not a parent. The important point is to find an adult that you feel you can talk to.

Here are some suggestions of how to approach an adult about your questions and concerns.
(From Peggy Stubbs of the Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA):

  1. Think about what you want to ask
  2. Decide whom you think you'd be most comfortable talking to.
  3. Think about a good time and place for this talk.
  4. Plan an opening line. Some suggestions are:
    • "I want to talk to you about something. Is this a good time?"
    • "I feel kind of embarrassed. I was wondering if we could talk in private."
  5. Plan your first question. Some suggestions are:
    • "I'm thinking about my first period. What do you think it might be like?"
    • "In health class all the kids were talking about…"
    • "My friend said…..and it got me wondering about…"
    • If speaking with a woman you can say, "I was wondering when you got your first period. What it was like?"
  6. 6. Other ideas:
    • Have the librarian help you find a book.
    • Write your parents a note.
    • Order a book through Programs and Products.
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