Period.: A Girl's Guide

Period.: A Girl's Guide

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by JoAnn Loulan, Bonnie Worthen, Chris Wold Dyrud, Marcia Quackenbush

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For parents who do not know how or where to begin this discussion, here are ideas to get them started. A detachable Parent's Guide will lead them through the learning process for themselves and their daughters—and even their sons. The Parent's Guide can also be found in its entirety on the Book Peddlers website at In it you will find:See more details below


For parents who do not know how or where to begin this discussion, here are ideas to get them started. A detachable Parent's Guide will lead them through the learning process for themselves and their daughters—and even their sons. The Parent's Guide can also be found in its entirety on the Book Peddlers website at In it you will find:
• Talking About Menstruation • What's The Right Age To Share Information? • Who Begins?
• What About The Boys? • Creating Your Own Right-of-Passage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Girl's Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen, first published in 1979 and newly revised and updated, thoroughly covers questions about puberty and menstruation. The authors emphasize the positive (e.g., "Being comfortable with your own body is important") and use diagrams to familiarize readers with the inner workings of their bodies, including what happens during menstruation. A question-and-answer format in the last three chapters allows girls to locate easily the information they seek. A parent's guide bound into the back suggests how to begin a conversation about puberty, what to cover, etc. A thoughtful approach for young women facing changes. ; Jan. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Book Peddlers
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Lansky, Vicki
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File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

JoAnn Loulan has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay area. She is a mother, author, and lecturer. She has authored books, chapters, anthologies and articles on topics of sexuality and self-esteem. Her lecturing has taken her all over the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe.
Bonnie Worthen previously worked as a facilitator in women's sexuality groups. She and her husband are currently living in Spain. She is the mother of two adult children.
(JoAnn Gardner-Loulan and Bonnie Lopez Worthen are two of the three original authors.)
Diagram illustrations are by Marcia Quakenbush—the original illustrator and one of the original authors. The new line drawings are by Chris Wold Dyrud of Minneapolis, MN.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely the best book for your daughter. My sister gave it to me after she used it as a tool to help her daughter and I passed it to my daughter and then to my neice. It covers all those difficult questions we couldn't ask our moms. A must have for moms of daughters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its normal that didnt get your period yet, every girl gets it at a different age. Your body knows when your ready. A few signs you get before you get your period are 1st. There might be more discharge in your underware. Discharge is a a fluid that comes out of your virgina opening. 2nd. Girl usually get amotional for silly reasons, like cry or yell because you lost something you didnt care about. And......... yea thats some simtoms. Good luck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You're first question: What is puberty? Puberty happens between the ages 10 and13. This happens because you are now becoming a women! Some things that happen are: stinky armpits, crying for no reason at all, mood swings, and acne which are little red wars that keep poping up on your face. Next question: What is a period? Your period happens between the ages of 11 and 14. This happens because you are becoming a women! Before your period you will go to use the toilet and what do find white gooey stuff in you underwear. This means that you will have your period about six months later. Then one day you go use the toilet and you will find blood in your underwear this answers another question that blood is called discharge. When you find white gooey stuff or blood in your underwear scream for your mom immedeitly. If you hold it till' last miniute will only things worse. Your period will last for about a month and a half. The next questions are not appropiate to be asking me so ask your mom about sex. If anyone ever needs help with puberty, periods, boys, school, or fashion I'm your girl. I will answer questions or give advice for all of those things EXCEPT FOR SEX!!!! For me to respond to you have to write @southernbravegirl and your question(s). I LOVE TIPS!!!!!!!! THANKS!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, im gonna tell you that i just got my period on the 9th of july, 4 days after my b-day. I turned 13. The signs that tells you your period is right around the corner, are just the basic puberty signs. AKA you grow taller, your breasts develop, you start to develop hair around your vagina (called pubic hair) and under your arms, your hair gets oily, you start to sweat a little more, and then you find discharge in your underwear. Just because you start to notice discharge, does not mean that you are going to get your period the very next day. You will just have to wait and be pacient. When your body is ready you will start your period. For the first 2-3 years after you get your period, it won't be normal. This is because your body has to get regulated into a cycle. This cycle is called the menstration cycle. That means your period has become normal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes. Thats normal! You usually dont get your period till a few months or weeks(or years) after that gooey stuff(discharge) comes....hope this helped! If you have more questions ask me, Savannah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bubbles: that is perfectly normal as each girl gets hers at different times. I got mine in 5th grade and my mom got hers in 8th. Some girls dont get theirs till 16 or 17! So dont worry and enjoy your time without it while you can! Help: douching is actually an un-needed process and can sometimes be harmfull. A womens vagina is a self-cleaning organ that unlike our mouths gets rid of the crud in it by itself which is disposed of as discharge in your underwear ( i know, tmi right?) and the soaps in douches can cause irritation or infection, please consult your doctor before douching if you are still convinced you need to. Good luck, Iris*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your period is coming soon the discharge is not bad its just one of the signs. Other sign is when your breasts start to hert. I eould suggest buying a bra, my friends wear sports bras because they are smaller than me i wear a regular 32a bra i think. Moose23
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
helpful. i am in 5th grade. if you have any questions about getting your period,ask me. when asking questions, write 'to megan k'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes if you have not got breast and hhair in different placesthat means some things wrong, but some people don't start their period untill they are 14 or 15. Also when you are started you would prombly want to start with a pad and then move up to a tampon Ask Me -Girlfriend Keke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To begin use pads as you get more comfortable and get to know you period you can transition to tampons and if you scared they will leak use a panty liner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well yes its normal not to hve discharge if you dont have periods. Age has very little a part in puberty. Ya no how ya always see things like im twelve so im done with puerty? Guess whos twelve and is smac dab in the middle of every girl is different and gets it at different times. Ask your mom when she went through it because most girls get it about the same age as there mom does. Hope i helped
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The signs that your period are you develop boobs you get vaginal hair under arm hair and you get vaginal discharge and when you have to talk to your mom just keep telling yourself i can do this reply to softball gal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't be so scared. If you get stressed, take a few deep breaths. If you get your period at a friends house, calmly tell the mom. She will get you a pad and whenyou get home, tell your mom and the next time you go to the store, get some ads to keep at home, and even in your backpack. Remember, you don't have to tell anyone. Unless you want to. Well, hope that helped! Reply to AET
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To Below: Bonjour,Yes it didnt happen to me but its au` naturale. To two below: Bonjour, To be completely honest you never tell ur friends they domt understand the pain you've been through and cant or wont help you. Just tell ur mum the entire story. She knows it isnt your fault. She'll probably call the police or tell the boy's mum but she only does the things she does because she loves u. Ciao Bellas *Ricki *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg im 121/2 no period or discharge...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That means your period is any day now~glam girl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can wear 2 training bras. Thats actually somewhat normal. My 16 year old cousins do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megan k. I need info! Ok so i get discharge all thetime! And some times itfeels like there is air coming out of my ...... yeah please help! Reply to AMANDA S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, Meghan, sometimes you get dramps in the vigidnal area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi i am bookworm11. And i promise to anwser your question asap. Boys school family friends bullies sex puberty. Just reply to bookworm11. See you later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Ginger. I am scared for my period. How do you know when it's coming? - Worrried In wisconsin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom thinkes that i will start geting my period in hyschool. What if i get it sooner and whow do i tell her? What if i start myn in school?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You dont end puberty until you are13 or14 pr maybe later cause you start puberty from the ages 8 to14 so yeah
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started my period last month it really scared me at first i was home alone and i felt like i peed myself i hate blopd and always have