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IT'S TIME TO TALK

Puberty Prep

The time has come to talk periods, acne, changing body parts, mood shifts, cracking voices, and all the things our boys and girls need to know
YOUR PUBERTY

Body Board Expert

AMITA N. VYAS
PhD, MHS, Professor
“Start the puberty conversation early with your kids. The more you talk about it, the more normal it becomes."

DR. DOLLY KLOCK

Having the "Talk" with Our Kids

Puberty is a monumental time in our kids' lives. Dr. Klock shares how to have the conversation with your kiddo on periods, puberty, contraception, and what happens with boys and girls, their bodies and mental health.

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HELP YOUR SON NAVIGATE PUBERTY

This guide from The Body Agency is intended to help you develop an ongoing, judgment-free dialogue with your son early on so you can talk to him about any topic, any time

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

WHAT CAN SHE DO TO RELIEVE HER CRAMPS

80% of girls get cramps with their period. Exercise can help as can a hot bath or heating pad. Over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can also help.

IS PMS A REAL THING?

Yes! Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, and irritability. It's estimated that as many as 3 of every 4 menstruating girls women experience some form of PMS either in the days leading up to their period or during it.

HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO SAY ABOUT SEX?

Talking about sex can be an uncomfortable topic for parents and kids to discuss. However, for your child’s safety and health, it’s critical that he or she knows the facts. Let your child know you are available to talk and be sure to be available to answer questions. You can also take your child to their health care provider for a discussion about sex if you don’t think you are able to have the conversation yet.

WHEN WILL VOICE CHANGE?

Each body is different and everyone experiences puberty at a different pace. Voice changes like “cracking” and deepening on average starts around the age of 13, but may happen earlier or later for some.

HOW CAN I FILL IN THE GAPS ABOUT PUBERTY NOT TAUGHT IN SCHOOL?

Sexual education varies around the United States. Sometimes it might feel like schools are teaching kids topics too soon, or are withholding important information they need to know about themselves and their bodies. As parents, it is up to you to support your child through puberty and assure they have all the knowledge and confidence they need.

HOW/WHEN SHOULD I START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT PUBERTY WITH MY CHILD?

Puberty normally starts for girls between 8 and 14 years old. There are several stages of puberty and parents should start the talk about periods before their daughters have their first cycle, so they know what is happening and don’t get scared. A girl’s period may start a few years after they start puberty, but some get their periods as early as 9, while others may wait longer. In boys, puberty normally starts when they’re 9 to 15 years. On average, boys begin going through puberty a little later than girls, usually around age 10 or 11. When talking to kids about puberty, be reassuring and make sure to answer all their questions honestly. It is normal for kids to feel insecure and alone during this period of change in their lives.

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