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i persanolly would freaking LOVE these but then again i am REALY open about my period compared to most girls my age(12-14) im 13 and ive had mine since i was 8 but really like someone said "just left it in my room for me to find" would be awesome and i most definatly disagree about "the cute pads/tampons being pointless" well i personally love for the first three days to take tylenol/advil + pepto bismol/gravol because i puke and not eat but for the other 5 days of it i love doing girly things my nails facials anything that makes me feel feminine or clean so the "cute" ones are an awesome idea as for the chocolate and menstrual book i think it could go without BUT i think just putting a little notebook to record there cycle and things like that i think its better than having a book on "female menstruation" i find that awkward like its intimadating the medical words and stuff we do need to know like our uterus and overies and all that jazz but call it something else and find stuff that makes it feel like its chill not science class and the wipes those make me personally feel dirtier when im on the rag because you feel wet and kinda like "OMG IM LEAKING!" feeling to who ever said i already have a purse i think she was meaning more so a little makeup bag of somesort am i correct? thats what i would do if im not correct because my mum when i got it my mum took me to the store because i only had one of her huge ass pads  what i thought was a maxipad  which is actually a smaller pad than maxis (ive NEVER used a maxi and NEVER will but ive seen them) i was only 8 so i had a little body! lol

 

bottom line great idea! just modify it! :) good luck

ps ebay is kind of a weird idea id go more street market local ads on the internet stuff like that!

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As a mom of three daughters I actually think it's a good idea to make these little "gift bags". Kotex, Always and Tampax (can't recall if the other companies also do it) have similar packages to give away on their websites. Typically these contain either a pad or a tampon and pantyliner. Sometimes they contain all three. I've ordered (for free) from Kotex's new "U" line when they were giving them away along with Always. I know there's another one that still has the offers... Found it, good thing I keep the vast majority of my emails - Being A Girl.

 

http://www.beinggirl.com/LocaleData/en-US/Assets/Newsletters/1107/web.html?utm_source=BG_NL_July11_allages&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=monthly_newsletter

 

With my daughters I explained to them what a period was, what it meant, what not having one could mean. I talked a bit about sex (since they have younger brothers they're aware of what a penis looks like). I talked about using a pad and/or tampon but if they were to use a tampon, as I don't believe that using one no longer makes you a virgin like my mother, I talked that if you use a tampon it must be changed often to avoid getting a blood poisoning. I also talked about cycles and keeping track because I don't want to hear the, "I didn't know I was going to have my period... I need pads!" at 11 PM at night. Each one has their own stash of tampons, pads and pantyliners.

 

I readily admit I'm a "weird" person because I'm not so secretive about periods like other people. It's like the worlds dirtiest little secret that everyone knows.

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i think it's a good idea! and honestly, i remember i was so excited when i got my first period. i remember where it was and when, and i remember running into the school's nurse's office and asking for a pad. i had no idea people were so sensitive about this topic o.O

 

also, i have an older mom (i'm 21 and my mom's 65), so when i got my first period she was hesitant/awkward about explaining everything to me, and told me i shouldn't use tampons cause they're dangerous and all. i kind of had to pick all that stuff up from friends and teachers, same went for "how babies are made" lol. my mom's not conservative at all, just.. you know. AWKWARD.

 

i think those kits could really help some.. well.. "awkward" parents that might be feeling weird about explaining all that stuff. also, if there is info included (which you are planning on including) it could be great for girls that are self-conscious about their first period. if they don't want to talk to mom or dad about it.. no biggie, here you go. everything you need with info, ask us if you have questions.

 

does that make sense? :)

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Originally Posted by Katie-Gaslight View Post

 

also, i have an older mom (i'm 21 and my mom's 65), so when i got my first period she was hesitant/awkward about explaining everything to me, and told me i shouldn't use tampons cause they're dangerous and all. i kind of had to pick all that stuff up from friends and teachers, same went for "how babies are made" lol. my mom's not conservative at all, just.. you know. AWKWARD.

 

My mother was the same way, I think it's part of their generation to think tampons are bad.

 

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I'm obsessed with beauty subscriptions. I haven't subscribed to it but I know that www.goodandlovely.com offers a lovely box that can be a monthly or gift subscription. It's not as personal as a hand made basket, but it's another option. It's about $14/month that includes items such as teas, chocolate, and aromatherapy products to help during that time of month. For an additional cost you can also add heat pads, midol, etc.

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I would have loved one of these when I first got my period. I was on vacation, on the road when it happened and my mom was basically like, "Here, have a pad" and then nothing. I didn't even know where to put the tampon in until I was embarrassinly 18 years old. I never had sex ed though and my parents never did the birds and the bees talk either.

 

As an adult? No, I would be weirded out that someone was thinking about my period enough to make me a gift basket.

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I agree, it would be a good idea for those who just got their period. But then again, I am pretty sure most of them wouldn’t buy a basket like that or get their parents to buy it, since a lot of girls feel slightly embarrassed in the beginning. I am 19 years old now and would literally feel humiliated if I got such a basket for my birthday or so. Not because I'm embarrassed about my period, but in my age it would be too weird.
Besides, a lot of schools are good in informing the pre-teens about what will happen with their body and why. Maybe you could give away some free baskets to them? I don’t think it’s a bad idea, your intentions are really good, but I find it unnecessary in most cases I can think of.

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i actually bought this for my niece the other day

a MENSTRUAL CUP.

lol i thought since she is starting her menstrual, she may as well try something that is more environmental friendly and cheaper (in the long run, better than paying for disposable tampons or sanitary pads right)

not sure what my sis thinks though... lol she has the educational job.

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