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How do I explain periods to a little girl of 9?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Reassure her

At nine, most young girls have a natural curiosity.
First explain that it's a normal body function for all women. Tell her it's accompanied by occ. Moodiness, cramps, and bleeding that can last up to a week. It's not dangerous & to tell you when she thinks it's happening. There are many books that may help but the main point is to reassure your child and help her understand that it's normal & ok.

In brief: Reassure her

At nine, most young girls have a natural curiosity.
First explain that it's a normal body function for all women. Tell her it's accompanied by occ. Moodiness, cramps, and bleeding that can last up to a week. It's not dangerous & to tell you when she thinks it's happening. There are many books that may help but the main point is to reassure your child and help her understand that it's normal & ok.
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