The Period Talk Blog

Raising confident, ready girls.

  • organic pads and tampons | the penny pack For Girls: Which Menstrual Products Should I Use and When? - Start with pads There’s a lot to adjust to when you first start your period. So, it’s probably easiest for you to begin using pads since having a period is a big life change. A pad is an oblong-shaped cotton insert with sticky backing and you place it in your underwear. You should change pads… Read More
  • Preteen girl sitting on stairs | the penny pack For Girls: What Will Having My Period Feel Like? - If you haven’t started your period yet, I’ll bet you’re full of questions. During the first year, your body is changing, so be patient with yourself as you experience different sensations. Now, let’s start with the most obvious question—what does having a period feel like? It feels like blood trickling from your vagina but it’s… Read More
  • confident girl taking exam | the penny pack How to get your school to offer free period products - This is a guest post by the Founder and CEO of Aunt Flow, Claire Coder. You have been hearing the buzz about free feminine hygiene products at schools. You've watched Nancy Kramer’s TED Talk, which launched the national #FreeTheTampons moment. YOU are ready to take action and help YOUR school join the menstrual movement.  Let's get… Read More
  • Period Pain | The penny Pack Take the Ouch Out of Period Pain - There’s a lot to figure out when you first get your period! And there’s so much more to menstruation than blood loss. If you’re nervous about period pain, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips about what to expect and how to cope. Why are periods painful? During your period, your body sheds the… Read More
  • dad and daughter | the penny pack Pads4Dads Puts Period Advocacy Into Action - We’ve discussed why it’s so important for dads to be able to talk to daughters about periods. Hey Girls is a UK-based social enterprise that wants dads to do just that. This organization, which supports UK girls who don’t have access to period products, is on a mission to get dads talking about periods with… Read More
  • girl with map | the penny pack Period Talk: Get Your Girl Ready for Her First Year - As someone who had my first period many years ago, I took a few things for granted as my daughters came of age. Consider that what seems rote to us women now is totally new to young girls. And some experiences are different during the first year of a girl’s period as her body is… Read More
  • mother and son | the penny pack Raising Compassionate Sons: Why Period Education is Critical for Boys - Do you realize that in most of the US, feminine hygiene products are taxed as “luxury” items? And in many parts of the world, women are too poor to buy pads and tampons? It gets worse. In some developing countries, due to the cultural stigma surrounding periods, it’s common for girls to miss school every… Read More
  • A father and daughter smiling and holding false mustaches to their faces | the penny pack Dads and Daughters: Why Period Talk Isn’t Just a “Mom Thing” - You’re probably thinking, “Whoa, wait a minute...I’m all for this period education stuff but isn’t this a better conversation between mother and daughter?” As a dad of two daughters, I hope to see this cultural sentiment change in my lifetime. Here’s why. Period taboo: it’s complicated I get it. As a man, it feels awkward,… Read More
  • mother daughter testimonial | the penny pack How to talk to your daughter about her period - Many of us parents don’t adequately discuss periods with our daughters because we simply don’t know how. A few years back I attended a mother/daughter puberty class with my oldest daughter at our local hospital. Even there, the brief discussion about periods produced a palpable change in the atmosphere. Everyone got uncomfortable. Many of the… Read More
  • mother and daughter | the penny pack Your daughter has 3 questions about her first period. Here’s how you can help her. - If you’re a woman, you’ll likely remember the anxiety that surrounded your first period. I bet you can also remember the moment it happened and the question that immediately followed: “What do I do now?” I sure can. And if you’re a man, all the women you’ve ever loved—from your grandmother to your mother to… Read More