Puberty Can Even Stump This OB/GYN
Posted 30 June 2011 by Dr. von Gruenigen
Navigating your daughter through the challenges of menstruation can be tricky, even for an OB/GYN like me. This is especially true when it comes to learning to use tampons.
Recently, for academic achievement, my daughter was granted a day at the water park. Unfortunately, the night before the event, she started her period. As a young teen, she has been using only pads and she wanted to try a tampon. If us women can remember back then, learning how to use a tampon for the first time is much easier said than done.
When she asked for help, my clinical instincts kicked in and as a professor I explained human anatomy with a surgical atlas and oriented her to the proximal and distal parts. She then went into the bathroom seemingly fully trained and yelled, "Now which hole is it?" So much for my teaching skills.
Of course, she eventually figured it out. But once the tampon was in she almost passed out. So much for my physician skills. As an easier solution, we discussed alternative "slender" tampons. I have a girlfriend who uses these special tampons. I've often teased her about what was so special about her vagina that made it slender. Well, I ate my words when I knocked on her door late at night to ask for the carefully marketed product.
My daughter nearly passed out again with the stealth tampon. I guess her vagina is even more special than my girlfriend's. So what did I learn as a mother through this joint experience? No matter how educated you are in whatever field, motherhood is trial and error. I hope tonight is error free.
What tips have you learned over the years to get your daughters through puberty?