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Did your parents ever talk to you about intimate health?

I have been thinking about this in regard to mine and I have to say I really don’t think it was ever mentioned.

Periods were explained scientifically (by mum) and in regard to baby making I was just asked if we’d discussed it at school, I said yes and that was it, conversation over. We never discussed intimate health at all.

Which isn’t too healthy, is it?

However, I assume that this was because my grandparents never discussed it with my mum and somehow to her this was still a taboo subject. I want to break that pattern in my family and make it an absolutely okay subject to discuss with my daughter.

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I think it is really important to normalise conversation about intimate health between mothers and their daughters.

Canesten® wants to empower women to feel more comfortable discussing intimate health with their children.

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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 happens to them.

It’s sad to think of a young woman experiencing thrush for example, and not being able to talk it over with her mum.

This is why Canesten® Mummy Conversations campaign! Canesten are promoting conversations around female intimate health as they believe through better knowledge women can self-diagnose and self-treat knowledgeably and with confidence.  This is why they are encouraging mums, like me and you, to have a conversation with our daughters about their intimate health.

I know this something I need to discuss with my daughter but I wonder when is a good age and I am keen to hear your thoughts, so please do join in!

 

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278 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    December 15, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    I think it is good to talk to your children from around the age of 9, when they start to become aware of changes to their bodies. It is better to chat about it casually from a younger age so they get used to opening up about the way they feel and feel comfortable using the correct terms.

  2. Tracey Peach
    December 15, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    About 10 years old just before their body’s start to change so they know what is happening to them

  3. Jon
    December 15, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Hi

  4. Fiona K
    December 15, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I would say around 11 ish when the child matures and starts to develop physically and needs to be aware of what is happening

  5. hanene nasr
    December 15, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    For me it wasn’t a taboo . I ask my mum about everything and she advise me without any problem

  6. Farhana
    December 15, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    It will vary depending on the childs mental maturity usually around puberty

  7. Kim Neville
    December 15, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Around the age of 9. Some children start puberty earlier than others and kids talk at school. Make them feel relaxed as possible when talking about personal things

  8. Paul Wilson
    December 15, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Around 10 or 11.

  9. Lisa Evans
    December 15, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I talked to my eldest daughter when she was 9 but I think it depends on maturity and you as a parent. They do need to be prepared!

  10. Victoria N
    December 15, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    I’d wait until my daughter asked about it and broached the subject. its part of growing up and an essential topic.

  11. Emma Livesey
    December 15, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    I think its individual. Pre-puberty would be best I think, maybe age 10.

  12. glenn hutton
    December 15, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I think it depends on the child butif they ask questions be as honest as you can in a way they would understand! 🙂

  13. ADEINNE TONNER
    December 15, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I think around nine or ten years old is a great time

  14. Tracey Ryder
    December 15, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    10-11 when their bodies ar starting to change

  15. Danielle Spencer
    December 15, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I think it is beneficial to start talking about intimate subjects with your children at the age of 8, as a lot of females start puberty around this age and would need to know about certain subjects and developments.

  16. Emma Robinson
    December 15, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I feel it’s important to speak to you children about this subject earlier than later.

  17. Danielle Rawlings
    December 15, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    When they hit puberty, their starting to learn about their bodies then

  18. Laura Banks
    December 15, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    i think probably about age 11 seems about right

  19. SopH H
    December 15, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    i think you should talk to them around the age of 10/11

  20. sian hallewell
    December 15, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I think each child is different, but with puberty getting younger and younger, perhaps 9 is about the right age

  21. caroline walliss
    December 15, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I would say between 11 and 12 depending on maturity, i think it’s very important they know the facts so they don’t get into trouble, thanks.x

  22. Anthony Harrington
    December 15, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    depends on the maturity of the child, I would think around 9 -10 years if the child is ready

  23. Hilda Wright
    December 15, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I always talked to my son as and when it felt right as he grew up. Talking about it as normally as anything else make it much easier. He can and does talk to me about anything even now he is grown up!

  24. Alana Walker
    December 15, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Probably at about 10 or 11 just before they go to secondary school or reach puberty. Its important as they should not feel scared about talking about such things.

  25. terri kelly
    December 15, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    no specific age, just when it feels appropriate

  26. jsho
    December 15, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    puberty is a good time for talking

  27. Ellen Sheppard
    December 15, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I think around 10-11 is appropriate. I only got the very basics from my mum, I think she was embarrassed. Anyway, I had a couple of unpleasant experiences in my early teens which I was ill prepared for, I would hate that to happen to my daughter.

  28. Zoe C
    December 15, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I think around 10 depending on the child, my daughter is nearly 9 and I don’t feel the need to discuss yet but know it is approaching

  29. Emily
    December 15, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    age 13, its important to stay open and honest

  30. Ann
    December 15, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I think about 11 is a good age but if i was asked any questions before this then i would give an age appropriate response

  31. Hannah
    December 15, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I think everyone’s different. It’s important to make sure your children can come to you with any questions or queries from a young age though.

  32. emma
    December 15, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    when they start asking questions & before teenage years begin

  33. Jamielee Wells
    December 15, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    I think an appropriate age would be 12 years old for them to fully understand. However nowadays children seem to be learning things earlier and earlier. I would hate my child to be the only one not knowing about anything like that. So i would say 10 years old

  34. sarah
    December 15, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    end of KS2, so roughly 10-11, but go into the appropriate amount of depth for the age

  35. Kamara
    December 15, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    I think around 10 or 11, when they start to understand things better, because it’s important they know earlier on rather than later.

  36. Helen Moulden
    December 15, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    I think between the age of 9 and 10, and I think it’s beneficial because it normalises things at an early age.

  37. Justine Hughes
    December 15, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Around age 10 so that they are prepared for and understand the changes happening to them.

  38. Emma Gibson
    December 15, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    About 8 to start them young and then theres no embarrassment.

  39. Stephanie Coals
    December 15, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I think just before they go to secondary school so about aged 11

  40. Sarah Mackay
    December 15, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I would say around 9 years

  41. Lorraine Tinsley
    December 15, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    I think it depends on the maturity of the child, I would guess around 10-11 yrs as this was around the time I started my periods. I think it would help them understand their bodies and not make them it was a taboo subject or something to be ashamed of

  42. Sharon H
    December 15, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    I started puberty early so I wanted my daughter to be prepared. I bought her an award winning book to read and whilst not putting any pressure on said I would love for her to come and talk to me if she wanted to after she had read it. After a couple of weeks she did although she was little embarrassed at first, this soon disappeared. She was 9 at the time.

  43. Jo Hutchinson
    December 15, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Around nine or when the child is ready, and make the chat normal as possible

  44. Cecelia Allen
    December 15, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    I would say whatever age the child talks about her body is the right time. In an honest matter of fact way use the opportunity to talk about intimate health using language that they to understand.

  45. Marianne Daniels
    December 16, 2016 / 12:44 am

    The earlier the better–I think that children should start as earliest as possible to know and respect their bodies–keeping themselves clean, healthy and recognising what is and isn’t right. That starts with calling body parts by appropriate and real names that they would hear and use with/from a doctor.

  46. Solange
    December 16, 2016 / 4:34 am

    About 10 or 11 when their bodies are changing.

  47. Sara Goodman
    December 16, 2016 / 5:01 am

    I would say at about 12 or 13 when kids are mature enough (in most cases) to understand.

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  48. December 16, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Whenever they ask about it – just with how you talk about it tailored to their age. It’s beneficial because it’ll help them to realise that they can talk about things like this – nothing to be embarrassed about!
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  49. Lindsey Stuart
    December 16, 2016 / 11:32 am

    I think at the age of 11 (Just before high school)

  50. TRACY JAMES
    December 16, 2016 / 11:41 am

    i think 11/12 but i also think all parents know thier children best and will know whats right for thier child x

  51. kim plant
    December 16, 2016 / 11:56 am

    all ages really should never be embarrised x

  52. Hannah
    December 16, 2016 / 11:57 am

    It would depend on the child and when they are able to understand.

  53. S Edwards
    December 16, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    9-10 years old

  54. joanna butler-savage
    December 16, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    10 before they hear about it from others

  55. Janice
    December 16, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I think if it’s done right it can slowly be introduced from an early age

  56. iain maciver
    December 16, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    maybe 10-11 years

  57. natalie grice
    December 16, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    When you feel your children are ready, each child is different

  58. Caroline Pritchard
    December 16, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Aged 9 – the earlier the better. They need to know all this!

  59. clair downham
    December 16, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    about 9 before secondary school and puberty

  60. Sue McCarthy
    December 16, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I don’t have any kids but about 10 I suppose

  61. Susan Smith
    December 16, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Well i think it depends on the child as some mature quicker than others, but i would certainly say between 8 and 10

  62. beky austerberry
    December 16, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    I think from the age they ask questions. Vary answers according to their age and suitability

  63. Francoise
    December 16, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    I always answer them truthfully in language they can understand; they were both aged 10, and explaining body changes before they happened reduced any fear, I think

  64. Maggie Ali
    December 16, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    I think it depends on a child but it should be around the age of 10-11.

  65. Sinead ORourke
    December 16, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    about 13 because they are teenagers so will ask questions then.

  66. December 16, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    I think about 10/12 ish depends how mature they are.

  67. fozia
    December 16, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Whenever they start asking questions

  68. Joanne Hutchings
    December 16, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    I think as soon as they can identify and talk about their body parts, so probably about 5 onwards. I think starting early helps to normalise the topic.

  69. lisa houston
    December 16, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    10

  70. Sarah Brokenshire
    December 16, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    about 13 or 14 and because it will make them more comfortable with all the changes they are going through x

  71. lucy
    December 16, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I think around 9-10

  72. sarah rees
    December 16, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    about 10, or when they start asking for themselves

  73. Jayne Townson
    December 16, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I think as soon as they start asking questions and certainly before they start secondary school, because if it’s something you’ve always spoke about, it makes not such a big deal.

  74. Iona Cornish
    December 16, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Discuss it when you have the periods talk – and make sure it’s just a natural part of the conversation so there’s no big taboo about asking questions

  75. Bob Clark
    December 16, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    once they are teenagers or possibly a bit sooner

  76. Ann-Marie
    December 16, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    i think around 10-11 yrs is the right age

  77. Sam McKean
    December 16, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Around the age of 10, before they become too uncomfortable to suggest intimate issues, we’re generally fairly open anyway and a superficial level of detail, as we think it’s important for children to understand how their bodies work.

  78. Tee simpson
    December 16, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I think for the early age of 3. You can make the discussion age appropriate as I think the earlier they know the beyyer they can get into the routine of looking after themselves

  79. barbara Daniels
    December 16, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    about 10- 11

  80. December 16, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    I think it all depends on the child but I’d guess between the age of 8-10

  81. JANICE DUNN
    December 16, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    Aged 9/10 as they need to be prepared for the changes to their body

  82. Diane Waugh
    December 16, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    11-12 years old

  83. Jay
    December 17, 2016 / 3:55 am

    Infancy onwards – start explaining basic terms, hygiene, etc. from as soon as they can understand the words – age appropriate sex education and personal health should be taught from the start and then built upon as they get older.

  84. Graham Ross
    December 17, 2016 / 7:02 am

    Just before secondary school

  85. Abigail Cullen
    December 17, 2016 / 7:07 am

    I would say from the age of 8, as girls, especially, grow up more quicker than boys and gives them a good understanding of hygiene.

  86. Rebecca Cusick
    December 17, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Definitely before they start secondary school in my opinion!

  87. Jennifer Haden
    December 17, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I think it really depends on the child, but maybe around 12-13 seems about right x

  88. Alica
    December 17, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    As early as possible. My twins are now all grown up but we have never been shy to talk about intimate things together and if they asked questions, I answered truthfully and factual 🙂

  89. Marc Chivers
    December 17, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Around 8-10 years old

  90. yvonne cooke
    December 17, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I think any age, they seem to let you know, when they start asking questions.xx

  91. Jade Hewlett
    December 17, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I think around 10 as they become more independent and before they start secondary school

  92. nick stevens
    December 17, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    The earlier the better but i would think by 10 at the latest

  93. michelle o'neill
    December 17, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    i think as soon as they are old enought to understand x

  94. Lorraine Stone
    December 17, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    As early as possible, make it part of the normal conversation. But definately before secondary school.

  95. Chelsey Hollings
    December 17, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I would say between 10 and 12

  96. Claire Tucker
    December 17, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Around 9 best they hear the correct things from you not the playground

  97. frances hopkins
    December 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I think it depends on the child, around about 12

  98. hannah wood
    December 17, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Around 8 years.

  99. Kelly Hemmings
    December 17, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    I’d say around age 12 but think it depends on the individual child too. These issues are best address when needed in my opinion so it’s important to have a close & open relationship with your child.

  100. Emma Salter
    December 18, 2016 / 12:03 am

    I’ll talk about it when my daughter asks.

  101. eirini kourvouli
    December 18, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Aged 9 – the earlier the better.

  102. Susan Trubey
    December 18, 2016 / 8:09 am

    When you feel they are ready.

  103. Michelle smith
    December 18, 2016 / 11:22 am

    About 11

  104. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    December 18, 2016 / 11:52 am

    from 9 dependent on maturity. Before secondary school if poss.

  105. Naomi
    December 18, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I personally feel the best age to be around the age of 10 years old. You want a child to be a child for as long as possible, especially with society the way it is now, kids are growing up before their time. At around 10, they’ve had plenty of time to do just that and will be starting to hit puberty/head to secondary school. So I definitely think that’s around the right age and will be putting it into practice next year when my son hits 10. Wish me luck!!

  106. carole n
    December 18, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    When they are mature enough to understand

  107. Courtney Kemal
    December 18, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    14!!!

  108. Michelle Ferguson
    December 18, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    From about age 9 as this is when their friends will start talking about things and I would want them to know the facts.

  109. Pauline jaconelli
    December 18, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    It’s important from a young age incase of underlying health issues, there could be something seriously wrong and they may be too embarrassed to talk about it.

  110. Emma Ellison
    December 18, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I think it depends on the child, my daughter is 6 and I remind her to dry herself properly to prevent feeling sore, more intimate care maybe around 10? Or earlier should they ask think its good to be honest.

  111. Kay Broomfield
    December 18, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Questions should be answered as soon as they start to arise, in an age appropriate fashion.

  112. ElegantlyHafsah
    December 18, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I think children are being taught at a much earlier age than we did when we were at school. I think as long as you have an open relationship with your children, they may just choose the time themselves.

  113. Gillian Holmes
    December 18, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    between 8 and 10

  114. December 18, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    i would say around 12, its very important to educate them when you see and feel that they are ready, explaining and feeling them with confident that its nothing to worry about and a very common, normal thing

  115. Kara Walker
    December 18, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    I would say from about 11 when they start secondary school and it will be talked about more. Any younger and it may just go over their heads.

  116. December 18, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    From 9 or 10, when a girl can start her periods. 🙂

  117. Jules
    December 18, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I think you know when they are comfortable when mentioning it, my eldest son was not comfortable until aged 13 and we now speak openly about it, yet my younger girls aged 8 and 6 are happy to talk about it so i think its just trial and error and a feeling of its the right time.

  118. Lynsey Buchanan
    December 19, 2016 / 1:00 am

    I believe that the right age to discuss intimate health with your children is about 8/9 years old as knowledge is power and being informed will ensure they made hood decisions in the future.

  119. Christina Curtis
    December 19, 2016 / 2:16 am

    From around 8 although whenever they seem ready and curious to learn.

  120. greig spencer
    December 19, 2016 / 8:09 am

    I THINK ABOUT 10 ONWARDS

  121. Caroline Cordery
    December 19, 2016 / 11:16 am

    About 7 I think unless there have been prior issues.

  122. Joanne Hardy
    December 19, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I discussed it with my daughters at 9, as I knew they had started puberty early – they both got their periods at 10 1/2 . My mum discussed nothing with me, so for 6 months I told no-one, I did not want my girls to be ignorant!

  123. December 19, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I think it depends on the child! But 10/11 sounds about right.

  124. Charlotte Moore
    December 19, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    10 to make sure you have cleared everything up before they hear rumours at secondary

  125. Kali filsell
    December 19, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    I think from the age they start to ask questions , after seeing my sanitary towels my daughter asked what they were and what they were for at age 7. So I told her all about menstruation as best I could in a way that I hoped she’d sort of understand . She knows that around the age of 11-14 it will happen to her. I think being open is the best thing with these matters. I’d rather her hear it from me than from anyone else.

  126. Richard Johnson
    December 19, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    No kids so no idea..

  127. Corinne Peat
    December 19, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I think every child is different nut as soon as they start asking questions or you think they are ready to understand

  128. Hazel Murphy
    December 19, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Before senior school , about age 10. I think they need to know about their body before they move schools and meet new friends so they know what is being discussed.

  129. Kelly
    December 19, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I actually think it really depends on the child – children mature at different ages. I do think it’s really important to prepare children for adolescence. If I had a daughter I would want to ensure she understood about periods prior to them starting, so maybe around 11 for that topic but I wouldn’t necessarily think that would be the right time to discuss sex.

  130. Catherine
    December 19, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    from an early age or as soon as they start asking questions

  131. Katie Sharman
    December 19, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I would take it from their cues but most probably before puberty

  132. oksana
    December 19, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    well, my daughter is 10 and we have been talking about things like intimate hygiene, periods, changes in the bodies, I don`t think any of what I told her was news to her, children overhear things at school, around them, but it sure brought us closer not just as mother and daughter but also friends, having a little giggle about the first ever wiffy armpit 😛
    Things like that should be discussed, I taught my daughter to ask me any question she wants from the early age of 4-5, she didn`t need encouraging asking then, not necessarily getting truthful answers at that age, but now she`s 10, we have very strong and honest relationship, and I can only hope it will not all change once she`s a teenager with an attitude…now it`s time to lay a base for the future..

  133. jason frosdick
    December 20, 2016 / 2:17 am

    cool

  134. Johanne Currie
    December 20, 2016 / 9:02 am

    About 9 so they can understand

  135. Susan Hoggett
    December 20, 2016 / 9:04 am

    It depends on the child but you can usually tell by the type of questions they start asking so that’s the time to be honest and open with them.

  136. Deborah Clarke
    December 20, 2016 / 9:42 am

    The earlier the better. As soon as they are old enough to understand and communicate so not to make taboo of such subjects

  137. Rebecca Lis
    December 20, 2016 / 9:59 am

    I would say about 8/9 years old, but make it like a normal conversation and age related, i would hope that this would mean any problems in the future they would be able to talk to me

  138. leanne weir
    December 20, 2016 / 10:18 am

    From about the first year of high school

  139. Michaela Hannah
    December 20, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I think 10-11 is a good age so you can prepare them for all the stories they will no doubt hear in secondary school

  140. Dorogi Eva
    December 20, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    8

  141. Stuart Robinson
    December 20, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Around the age they start high school, their bodies are changing and it’s a very confusing time so it’s important they have clear and structured advice 🙂

  142. Donna W
    December 20, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    If we’re talking about anything non-sexual, I’d say quite early so they feel natural talking to you about it. I do believe though that the earlier you tell children about anything to do with sex, the earlier they’ll try experimenting so I think that needs to wait until they’re a little older and start asking.

  143. Katie m
    December 20, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Aged 10

  144. JULIE BANKS
    December 20, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    About 10 just before they move up to big school

  145. Donna Robert
    December 20, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Start young but keep it age appropriate so it’s not too complex for them.

  146. andria raistrick
    December 20, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    around 10, the sooner the better 🙂

  147. Lauren Old
    December 20, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    i think around 11 when they start secondary school, so they feel more willing and able to discuss it with their parents as changes start happening

  148. Jane
    December 20, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Depending on the child around eight or nine but if they start asking questions earlier then take the opportunity.

  149. Jacqueline Jackson
    December 20, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I would say about 11 years old, as long as it is done in a sensitive and age appropriate way.

  150. Mel Turner
    December 20, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Soon as they start asking my son is 8 and is already asking questions as he is learning about his body at school. Better they get the information from you

  151. James Wrench
    December 21, 2016 / 6:17 am

    gotta be 10 just before they start high school

  152. steph lovatt
    December 21, 2016 / 8:20 am

    I think it depends on the child but around the age of 10/11

  153. jen s morgan
    December 21, 2016 / 8:20 am

    It is a difficult one as every child will mature at different rates. But I would say around 9 ish before any major changes start to happen x

  154. michelle speight
    December 21, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I THINK ABOUT AGED 9 TO 10 YOU SHOULD START

  155. Julie Howarth
    December 21, 2016 / 9:14 am

    I’d say about 10 years old is about right

  156. adrian price
    December 21, 2016 / 9:59 am

    i think its all about individual maturity—rather than a set age

  157. rachael mccaadden
    December 21, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    around 10 or 11

  158. Marrian
    December 21, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I think the start of puberty is the right age as they will be mature enough to understand.

  159. December 21, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Depends on the maturity of the child but the earlier the better – 8/9? Periods start early nowadays and better tp prepare them.

  160. kate kathurima
    December 21, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    i think it depends on the child but after 11

  161. jessica cook
    December 21, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    I would say about 10 or 11 just before they start secondary school

  162. Tracey Belcher
    December 21, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    When they are ready – there is no real age just when they are ready

  163. Veronica
    December 21, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    As and when things crop up that need to be addressed

  164. esme mccrubb
    December 21, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    i think it should be discussed at home from a young age to make it a normal thing to talk about not make a big deal out of it

  165. michelle w
    December 21, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    about 12

  166. Kaily Smith
    December 21, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    About 10 I’ll do it

  167. Sandra
    December 21, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    when the child starts asking questions- but my answers would depend on age

  168. sharon martin
    December 21, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    think it depends on the child but say around 9 or 10 yrs, think its good the understand how/why their bodies changing so they don’t worry needlessly

  169. Allan Fullarton
    December 21, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    Early teens.

  170. Michael Clarke
    December 21, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    At the age when they start asking questions

  171. Jessica Walker
    December 21, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    I would say around age 10 is appropriate

  172. Jo McPherson
    December 21, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I think around 9-10

  173. Kim Styles
    December 21, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    about 10 is the right age

  174. cheryl lovell
    December 21, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    I think discussions should be prompted by the child and then discussed in an age appropriate manner

  175. December 21, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Usually around eight or nine. When they start to become inquisitive

  176. Jo W
    December 21, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    When I think they could start to understand, maybe 7 or 8 and I think it would help them make decisions.

  177. katrina walsh
    December 21, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    between 8 and 10

  178. Kristy Brown
    December 21, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I think it varies with each child. My daughter was about 7 when she started to ask questions.

  179. Dolly A
    December 21, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Depends how they are i would say 13 tbh

  180. EJ Dunn
    December 21, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I think around 8, though I think if a child asks then there should be a discussion

  181. Joanna Kasznicki
    December 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I think about 10 years old just before high school.

  182. Alix Smith
    December 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I reckon around 8 or 9 before the changes start taking place to their bodies.

  183. Terri-Louise Dudey
    December 21, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I think age 11 xx

  184. LISA TEBBUTT
    December 21, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    not 2 young

  185. Amy Lambert
    December 21, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I’d say 9 before they start puberty

  186. ELZBIETA ZNYK
    December 21, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    About 10-11, I think

  187. Anita roberts
    December 21, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Around 8 … it is important and girls are mature these days

  188. Tina L-D
    December 21, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I think it depends on the child and when the parents think it’s the right time. Every one is different

  189. samantha buntain
    December 21, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    between 10-12 as thats the ge i learned at and think thats an appropriate age

  190. Ruby Spiteri
    December 21, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I think around the age 10/11 when you think they are old enough to understand as they may already be asking questions.

  191. Dawn Brodribb
    December 21, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    About 9-10 I think – each child is differant – just don’t leave it too late!

  192. Carole E
    December 21, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    When they start to ask questions as they all mature at different rates. It’s better to be told by parents than other children

  193. Gill Mitchell
    December 21, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I think from about 8+ It’s a tricky one as they’re all so different. I think it would be beneficial as they would get the truth rather than playground gossip.

  194. justine meyer
    December 21, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I think it depends on the child itself as all kids develop mentally and physically at different ages. I have always answered my childrens questions honestly from a young age whenever they have asked.

  195. Rebecca Nisbet
    December 21, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    i dont think there is a certain age, it depend on the question and how they may react to the answer.

  196. Natalie Crossan
    December 21, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    i think around 10 years old

  197. Tasha
    December 21, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    10-11 just before puberty

  198. Rebecca Smith
    December 21, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    About 8 – when they can understand

  199. Ali Thorpe
    December 21, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    If they ask questions or show an interest, I think they’re ready.

  200. Emma Rawlinson
    December 21, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    About aged 10. I think it’s important for them to know before they reach puberty so that they can identify and unusual changes and raise them with a doctor

  201. danielle graves
    December 22, 2016 / 12:10 am

    I’ve discussed personal hygiene and periods with my son as he has asked questions and is 4 but I haven’t gone too in depth I would probably approach it around 9 or 10 but if he was female possibly younger

  202. Sarah Wilson
    December 22, 2016 / 12:14 am

    I think it depends on the maturity of the individual child.

  203. Charmian Filewood
    December 22, 2016 / 12:15 am

    I think its down to the individual child, but I would say maybe to give the basics at 8/9 and then you can always add more to it, plus make sure they know its something that they can always comes and talk to you about

  204. Hekna
    December 22, 2016 / 1:13 am

    It depends on the child really, so I think for us it will be when little one starts asking questions. I think it’s only right to be as honest and open as you can be as early on in life as possible.

  205. Jamie Millard
    December 22, 2016 / 1:43 am

    towards the end of primary school – 10/11, getting in before the school discuss it.

  206. alice lightning
    December 22, 2016 / 4:26 am

    about 12 -13 I think depending on how mature they are,common sense prevail

  207. Karl Borowy
    December 22, 2016 / 4:40 am

    11 years old just before secondary school

  208. Allan Wilson
    December 22, 2016 / 4:47 am

    Start of the teenage years when the body starts to change.

  209. Michelle Wild
    December 22, 2016 / 5:08 am

    When they ask questions is the best time to answer them.

  210. Carly Belsey
    December 22, 2016 / 6:04 am

    I think just before they start senior school so that they are clued up before other children tell them wrong information

  211. Adam Mckegney
    December 22, 2016 / 6:10 am

    I think from the age they hit puberty or start asking questions.

  212. Emma H
    December 22, 2016 / 6:55 am

    I think it varies depending on the child, but I’d say 9ish

  213. LORNA WIL
    December 22, 2016 / 7:00 am

    about 7 years old when they are not well & when family members are poorly. Explain to them int he language they can understand.

  214. Jill Fairbanks
    December 22, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Topical question this one but I think as they head up to big school about 9/10

  215. Jane Middleton
    December 22, 2016 / 8:15 am

    I think it’s good to instill good intimate hygiene habits from a young age, so would start as early as 5 -7 with some basic information and then add more as they are growing up

  216. Kirsty Woods
    December 22, 2016 / 8:27 am

    It depends on the individual child and when they start asking questions

  217. tina glover
    December 22, 2016 / 8:34 am

    I have always been very open with our little girl. She is now 11. We bought her a fantatsic book on amazon called “My little book of growing up” It explains everything including intimate health in a child appropriate way. We read it together last year. I think if you are open and honest with children they will hopefully feel they can ask questions and find it normal. Even if they do become a little embarrassed as they become teenagers. Ive explained that it is perfectly normal to feel embarrased and that talking about it makes any issue easier to deal with xx

  218. Rebecca Kenyon
    December 22, 2016 / 8:51 am

    What ever age they start asking you, my daughter is 2 and already understands about vaginas and partly about periods.

  219. Emma Fox
    December 22, 2016 / 9:03 am

    This does depend on their development and maturity but I would say defiantly before secondary school where there is a lot of information and misinformation about 🙂

  220. lyn truman
    December 22, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Be open as soon as possible. Tell them they can ask you anything

  221. December 22, 2016 / 9:34 am

    I think it depends on the child…..maybe around 10.

  222. Jayne Kelsall
    December 22, 2016 / 9:43 am

    I would say about 9 – 10 is the right age but I am very honest with my kids ( age appropiate ) because I believe the more the more better informed they are to make decisions for themselves .x

  223. Fiona Sanderson
    December 22, 2016 / 11:13 am

    I would say probably around 8/9 as their bodies start to change around the time they go into year 5 at school.

  224. Louise Burgess
    December 22, 2016 / 11:17 am

    i think about age 10, but my son only just 2 so a few years yet before need to think about it.

  225. Matthew Deakin
    December 22, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Personally I believe aged 8, they early you talk to them the more they will understand

  226. gemma raines
    December 22, 2016 / 11:26 am

    around the age of 10/11 but I also think it depends on the child because they are all different

  227. carol boffey
    December 22, 2016 / 11:26 am

    id say about 12

  228. Jodi hill
    December 22, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Completely agree with age 9! I think it should be discussed from this age… before their body starts to change…. if spoken about earlier hopefully it is less embarrassing when they’re older talking to health professionals or peers!

  229. danielle pooley
    December 22, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I would personally say that it depends on the child. Maybe 10/11 years of age.

  230. Keshia Esgate
    December 22, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Around 11. Less likely to miss something serious if they are open to talking to mum

  231. James Holyland
    December 22, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    About aged 12

  232. Ian Campbell
    December 22, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Age 12. By then their perceptions of the world have started to develop, and you can simplify certain aspects of the discussion if necessary, to get the points across 🙂

  233. sarah rowland
    December 22, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    i would say around 8/9 but i think its down to each child as they all develop at different rates

  234. natalee gosiewski
    December 22, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    my daughter is 8 her grandmother on dads side and great uncle have had breast cancer so i have been showing her how i check my breasts we talk about alot i want here awear of it

  235. Sarah Parker
    December 22, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    when they start asking questions 🙂

  236. paula cheadle
    December 22, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    the younger the better, then they won’t be embarrassed if they got a problems

  237. Jill
    December 22, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I feel that general intimate health and hygiene should be implemented from birth and then they will grow up with that basic knowledge. Anything further than basics, probably when they start asking questions. Basic and simple answers will work fine with them.

  238. Sheena Read
    December 22, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Not before the age of 10

  239. Rebecca Alyson roberts
    December 22, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I think it all depends I’d say age 11

  240. Lindsay Buckley
    December 22, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    You have to see how their body matures, but my niece is only 9 and she is definitely starting puberty already.

  241. caroline tokes
    December 22, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I think 11/12 once they go to secondary school but if they asked any questions before then i would answer honestly. I think by talking to them they become less embarrased & more likely to talk to uou if they have any problems

  242. Rebecca Beesley
    December 22, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    I think that there isn’t a suitable age as such but it is about keeping the lines of communication open and discussing pre-puberty. It would be beneficial to always be able to talk about intimate health as it helps them not feel alone or worried and to know when something is wrong to be able to get suitable healthcare treatment.

  243. Sue Leake
    December 22, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    I think from when they become curious maybe under 10

  244. Rich Tyler
    December 22, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I think around 10-12 mark, depending on how mature they are

  245. Deborah Mackenzie
    December 22, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    We need to be honest when answering questions, but only answer what is asked; you dont need to go into gorey detail. If you constantly answer questions they learn as they go along. Sometimes kids talk at school and then you need to step in as a parent and put children right not let them dwell on old wives tales.
    I think children mature at a different rate so it depends….. but it is important to educate them gently and honestly.

  246. Jacqueline Roberts
    December 22, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Junior school is about right

  247. maureen findley
    December 22, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    I think at puberty

  248. jade rice
    December 22, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    around 10 i think is a good age they will be more prepared for puberty x

  249. Gillian Mcclelland
    December 22, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    As soon as they start asking questions, it’s better to be be honest and open

  250. JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    December 22, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Regarding keeping your intimate parts clean, this can be introduced very early possibly at the toddler stage, but when referring to conditions like thrush, periods etc this needs to be discussed at a later age probably about 9 to 10 years of age.

  251. Sam Parkes
    December 22, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    About 10 onwards in regards to puberty as was age I was told. I have had the PANTS discussion tho from the NSPCC website in regards to our private areas and what’s appropriate and what is inappropriate behaviour.

  252. Caroline Signey
    December 22, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    I think it depends on the child, I will look out for signs in my daughter and then talk to her – I’m thinking around 10ish though

  253. laura stewart
    December 22, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    i think around the age of 11

  254. Lynne Norris
    December 22, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Great post, would love to win.

  255. Laura Findlay
    December 22, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    From around the age of 9-10 when children’s bodies start to change. They need to be reassured and aware and to know there not alone. Although my daughter is 6 and I’m open with her, she’s asked about periods before and she’s aware of them because I’ve explained in a way she understands x

  256. Eleanor P
    December 22, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I would say it depends upon the maturity of the child and when they started asking questions. I wouldn’t start saying anything until about age 10 onwards.

  257. Alisa Moore
    December 22, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Before puberty. It’s beneficial to normalise it.

  258. December 22, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    My parents never ever spoke to me about anything like that and I don’t want to be like that with my kids. I want them to know from early on what everything is but get into more detail just before puberty starts so that they feel comfortable with changes and know proper facts. They are 4 and 2 now and this is the first I’ve properly thought about it. I may change my mind!

  259. Diana
    December 22, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    10-12 I would thik

  260. Gemma Massey
    December 22, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I don’t have any children but I struggled as my parents are strict and old fashioned. I think when they’re young as the more information the better I know I’d of appreciated it

  261. Angela Wilcox
    December 22, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I would say from when they start asking questions, with age appropriate answers

  262. Lucy Irving
    December 22, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    10

  263. olivia Kirby
    December 22, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Around 10. It’s beneficial as you don’t want them feeling alone and awkward.

  264. Linda Guest
    December 22, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    As soon as they are ready to know, it varies depending on the child I think. I feel that it should come from parents rather than waiting for school. Definitely before they go to secondary school though

  265. CatherineParkin
    December 22, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    8 or 9, don’t ; leave kids in the dark-its our responsibility to teach our children.

  266. angela sandhu
    December 22, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    9 or 10

  267. karen Howden
    December 22, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    as soon as the child starts asking questions and challenging the answers

  268. clare davies
    December 22, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I think around 10

  269. December 22, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    I don’t think there is a right or wrong age or a “right time” as all children develop at different stages and ages and the “right time” will vary from each child.I do think its important to ensure your child knows they can come to you with any questions though and as parents it our job to judge when we think the time is right. xx
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  270. lucy knight
    December 22, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    it all depends I think on the individual child but from age 10 as they need to be aware of their bodies and the changes etc.x

  271. Jodie A Harvey
    December 22, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    before they hit teens, far better to have the chat with parents before they hear it from other children and its incorrect informations

  272. December 22, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    About 10 but this depends on the child – you know best! Fantastic prize, thank you so much x

  273. Jessica Hutton
    December 22, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I think every child is different, it depends on their maturity and any questions. I think it’s beneficial that you tell them instead of friends so they are correctly informed and don’t get embarrassed xx

  274. Jocelynne Harrison
    December 22, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    I think by about age 9/10 they should know. A lot of girls start their periods in primary school so it’s important they understand.

  275. Louise A
    December 22, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Depending on how mature the child is I would suggest between the ages of 10-11 before puberty kicks in. Just be honest and not embarrassed and I think they will appreciate it.

  276. Sarah Roberts
    December 22, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    l think around 10 before the madness of secondry school or again dependant on your child if they are very tuned in then earlier x

  277. Caroline Kelly
    December 22, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    Around 9 I think, depends on the child though

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