"You are going to be okay" - Twitter's #myfirstperiod reveals dads are more involved than you might think
The recently trending topic invited women to share their first period experience, and a perhaps surprising number of stories involved dads coming to the rescue.
Girls can get their periods as early as 9 years old and as late as 18 years old, but it seems that for many the first time is a surprise, and many girls are caught off guard. (iStock)
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Recently the topic trending on Twitter under the hashtag #myfirstperiod made for insightful reading.

While everyone's story is different, we were struck by how many women revealed that it was their dads who helped them out their first time.

While many fathers were willing to step up, not all of them knew what they were doing, as evidenced by some of the heartwarming stories shared:

Girls can get their periods as early as 9 years old and as late as 18 years old, but it seems that for many the first time is a surprise, and many girls are caught off guard.

This can lead to some awkward situations, and sometimes young women have to ask for help or advice from the most unlikely sources. 

While there is still some stigma around women and their periods, this is fading fast, as evidenced by several boyfriends who shared their experiences:

Another point that was raised is about how girls (and boys) are not informed about menstruation early enough.

To help your daughters, nieces, cousins, sisters and friends to be prepared, browse our Period Series to learn everything you need to about how to handle this sensitive, but monumental, milestone. 

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Share your #myfirstperiod experience with us, and we could publish your story. Anonymous contributions are always welcome.

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