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Dot Girl Period Kit

Kathy Pickus from Dot Girl Products sent Ainsley a Dot Girl First Period Kit in preparation for her eventual period.

This was not our first discussion about menstruation, but it was the discussion with the visual aids to illustrate the points. For Ainsley, this was not as exciting as getting a new pair of earrings or some lipgloss.

“What’s this?”

“Pads. You put them in your underwear when you bleed.”

“Gross.”

(I agree, pads are gross. The whole idea has always been repulsive to me. But, I won’t mention that to her until I’ve got a better plan lined up to suggest. The idea of having a period has always been fine with me, but wearing a diaper that leaks doesn’t seem like a great solution.)

She opened the pamphlet and tossed it aside. I started aloud reading from it.

One of us wasn’t very mature about it. You try reading sentences like, “Menstrual blood dribbles out a little at a time.” And “another fluid that comes out of the vagina is called vaginal discharge,” without giggling.

I have yet to say the words “vaginal discharge” ever in my life without cracking up. It’s an hysterical combination of words. Period.

“Vaginal discharge? What is that?”

I try substituting the other hilarious word in the text, “Mucus. Vaginal mucus.”

“What?”

“Snot. Snot will also come out of your vagina.” At this point I was having a wonderful time with big full belly laughs.

The kit also includes one of those cool plastic and gel heat bags – like a modern-day hot water bottle for possible cramps, a nifty little pink carrying case shaped like a dot. They say this is discreet, but I’m not sure how discreet this thing is. It’s definitely not something a kid could stick in their pocket to use the restroom in elementary school or junior high without everyone noticing. You’d have to take the whole backpack.

Still, this might be a great option for you to open the discussion with your pre-pubescent daughters about their bodies, how they work and what to expect. The kit retails for $19.99 and has a lot of extras. Dot Girls also features other products including several informational books and CDs like, The Birds + The Bees + Your Kids and the Ask Anything Journal.

 

 

5 replies
  1. Mirinda says:

    I am sold on the cup. Good for your body, good for the environment. Took a minute to figure out but then no problem. Not sure I would recommend it for a newbie however. I use Luna Cup, but I don’t think brand matters. My only problem is my 2yo is so fascinated with it that it is never sanitary when I need it.

  2. Tracee says:

    I use the Diva Cup. I love it!!!

    What is different about the Luna Cup and the Diva Cup?

    What age to you think it is do-able to teach a preteen or teen girl how to use it?

  3. Mirinda says:

    Just different brands I think. I hope to introduce my daughter to the cup once she is comfortable with a tampon. Maybe pads the first year as she is figuring it all out, tampons for a year then try a cup.

    I found this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12NcWGEnrM

    That gives a really good comparison between brands. I think I picked mine because it has a larger rim, but I don’t remember.

  4. Tracee says:

    Thanks, I think based on that comparison I’ll order her a small Lady Cup, it appears to be the smallest. That’s one thing I’ve been worried about. Thanks Mirinda.

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