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 De-mystify the physical details.

“There’s this real perception that life is limited by having a period,” says Cara Natterson, M.D., pediatrician and author of The Care and Keeping of You series. “Emphasize that this is not a disease: ‘Don’t think this is a window each month when you’re going to be sick.’ The biggest message about having your period is you can do almost everything you can do on a day you don’t have your period. To empower girls in that way is really important.”

Next, Dr. Natterson suggests reducing the fear of blood. “Girls are imagining there is free-flowing blood gushing out of their bodies,'” she says. “Explain that it’s not like any form of bleeding she’s had before. I explain that your uterus is about the size of your closed fist, and the lining of your uterus is just the inside of that fist. When you get your period over the course of several days, that lining of old blood and tissue slowly comes out of your body. Usually it’s only about three tablespoons of blood total. When you show them in a cup what three tablespoons is, they realize it’s not a lot.”

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