I have two daughters and it’s really important to me that we have an open and honest relationship. It’s not something that I had or have with my own mother, and I don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past.
I found out about issues surrounding intimate health from reading in books and magazines and I don’t want my girls to have the same experience. I want them to grow up with these topics of conversation being normal, so that they are not embarrassed to talk to me about anything.
My eldest daughter is now 10 and we are starting to have these conversations. She knows now all about periods and the changes that are going to start happening during puberty. We are starting to talk about conditions that women can get such as thrush and cystitis. If I ever come down with one of these I won’t hide it, I’ll be open and tell my girls about it and how to make it better. Honestly, if conditions like this are just normalised and talked about in our day to day family life they won’t need to be made a big deal of. And really, what is there to be embarrassed about?
If I had been taught more about intimate health by my mother I wouldn’t have had to rely on magazines to tell me what the symptoms I was having were. I wish I’d been able to go to my mother and talk to her and get some advice. I firmly believe I would be less shy of visiting a pharmacy or doctor to get treatment too. I remember once wondering if I had thrush and trying to self-treat myself with yoghurt! I was confused and too scared to visit a pharmacy. I don’t want my daughters to have the same experience. I want them to be educated and able to talk to me about any symptoms they might be experiencing.
Talking to your daughters about intimate health is so important and it doesn’t need to be a big dramatic ‘sit down’ conversation, you can just gradually start discussing these things in everyday life. That way, if one of my daughters starts to feel like she is getting thrush for example, she’ll know what thrush symptoms to look out for and how to treat it.
I’ve teamed up with Canesten who are committed to constantly find new ways of educating women to lead healthy lives and to share knowledge and advice – including working to allow women the access to information about intimate conditions. Canesten believe that a lack of formal intimate health education during puberty means that when symptoms of vaginal conditions appear, it can cause worry and many teenage girls have to figure it out for themselves what is happening. This is exactly my experience and what I don’t want to happen with my daughters.
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