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Growing up is tough. At school there may be issues with friends, difference of opinions and then interest in boys develops, it all gets a little complicated. Throw puberty and hormones into the mix and life as a teenager can be pretty gruelling. So when puberty hit me, I was completely overwhelmed but thankfully my Mom was a huge support to me.
I’ve always had a really open relationship with my Mom (it was a bit rocky during my late teenage years as I didn’t want to open up to her, but her arms were always open and her shoulders ready for me to cry on!) My Mom has always been quite honest with me and my Sister about what female issues we would face, as well as all the questions we had entering puberty and although it may have been a little embarrassing at the time, looking back she really did help us on our way to understanding what was going on with our bodies. We could always ask her questions and she’d find a way to tell us in a way that we understood.
Intimate health has always been a topic of conversation that we’ve discussed openly. As a young child, I suffered with regular bladder infections and so being able to speak to my Mom about it was reassuring and comforting. I knew I could tell her about my symptoms and she’d support me in getting well again. It’s so important to normalise these conversations. They should never be embarrassing or difficult to have, it’s just part of normal everyday life. With the absence of formal intimate health education, these conversations are more important than ever.
When I fell pregnant with Olly, I suffered with thrush and found it completely alien to me. I had always known what was normal for me but when the added hormones kicked it, it really knocked me for six and unfortunately I ended up getting thrush. I was able to talk to my Mom about it, found out it was actually really common and not to worry about it. Did you know that thrush is actually very common? 3 our of 4 women suffer from it at least once during their lives but without having these conversations, not many people know this. I popped to my local chemist and was able to self-treat it easily and confidently.
Although I’m a Mum to a three year old boy, I’m not embarrassed to talk to him about intimate health (obviously not in detail) but we have an open door policy on the bathroom (doesn’t everybody with young children?) and he always asks questions about my sanitary products and what they’re for. If we were ever to have a little girl, I’m pretty sure my approach to parenting would be exactly the same as it has been with Olly following in my Mom’s footsteps with me and my Sister. Lets empower our children with the knowledge about intimate health (when we as Parents think they’re ready for it) to enable them to grow confidently and educated. Lets have these conversations and make it part of every day life.
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Disclosure: This post has been supported by Canesten® but all thoughts are my own.