Menstruation Social Stories

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Menstruation Social Stories

Three different social stories are given:

Facts About Periods

A period is a discharge of blood and body cells from the vagina. The medical name for a period is menstruation.

Having a period is very normal for females. It is part of the menstrual cycle that keeps the uterus (womb) healthy. This also means that a woman could become pregnant (have a baby) if they have sex with a man.

Periods usually happen about once a month though this can vary a lot. Each period usually lasts about three or four days. Sometimes it can be longer or shorter than this.

The age when girls start having their first periods is usually sometime between the age of 11 and 15 years old. A few girls may start earlier or later than this.

Sometimes a period can cause an uncomfortable feeling in the tummy. This can happen before the period starts. Sometimes taking paracetamol can help with this discomfort.

There are a range of feminine hygiene products that can be bought to help manage periods.

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First Period

A period is when some blood and body cells leak from the vagina. This is a normal and healthy part of growing up.

Having a period for the first time can be confusing. It can happen at any time and any place and it is OK to feel a bit upset when it happens.

When a period happens you may feel unsure what to do. It is important to try to stay calm and talk to a trusted adult. It is often best to talk to a woman. Women are more likely to know what to do and usually understand more about periods than men.

It is OK to tell the trusted adult everything that has happened. For example, your period may have messed some of your clothes or you may have a tummy ache.

Having your first period can be confusing and upsetting. It is OK to talk to a trusted adult to get help with managing your period.

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Talking About Your Period

Talking about your period is healthy and normal but there are some social rules.

Talking about periods can be a taboo subject. This means that many people do not want to hear you talk about your period. It can still be OK to talk about your period but it is usually best to have a good reason. If you want to talk about your periods it is usually best to speak to a close friend, trusted adult or other people who can help you.

When you need help because of your period it is important to talk to someone straight away. It is often best to speak in a quiet voice so that other people do not hear.

When you want to chat about your period it is often best to wait until you can have a private conversation.

Talking about your period is sometimes OK and sometimes not OK. It is always OK if you need help. It is also usually OK to talk about your period to a friend or trusted adult in a quiet and private place.

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Notes on creating your own personalised social story:

Use the above examples to create your own personalised social stories. The subject matters may require open discussion of female sexual anatomy. If you choose to use colloquialisms try to give the correct name in brackets too. Print out versions of the social stories are available below.

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Facts about periods

Facts About Periods Social Story

A print out version of the Facts About Periods social story example above.

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First Period

First Period Social Story Example

A print out version of the First Period social story example above.

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Talking About Your Period

Talking About Your Period Social Story Example

A print out version of the Talking About Your Period social story example above.

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Body Odour

Intimate Care

Touching Yourself

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