(BUSINESS WIRE)–Being a dad has its challenges however being a single dad of a teenage daughter comes with its personal set of challenges – particularly in relation to dealing with puberty and the subject of menstruation.
After receiving quite a few questions from single dads about methods to speak to their daughters about menstruation, INTIMINA, a model devoted to caring for girls’s intimate well being and breaking taboos, went a step additional and performed a survey* of dads within the US, UK, France, Italy and Spain with daughters between the ages of 10 and 15. The objective of the survey was to find out how a lot dads know concerning the menstrual cycle and the way snug they’re speaking to their daughters about it.
The outcomes are encouraging. In response to INTIMINA’s survey, 78% of dads have spoken to their daughters concerning the menstrual cycle. As compared, 22% have had no conversations about it in any respect.
Whereas the vast majority of dads surveyed (80%) consider it’s a mom’s accountability to show their daughter about her menstrual cycle, 44% consider the accountability is with the daddy. The remaining dads surveyed consider it’s the accountability of a physician (25%), a trainer (19%) or their very own daughter (13%) to find out about menstruation and the menstrual cycle
On the subject of being educated concerning the menstrual cycle, 72% of dads really feel it’s their accountability to know concerning the menstrual cycle for his or her daughter. Much more so, 70% really feel they know sufficient concerning the menstrual cycle to clarify it to their daughter if she asks, with 64% of dads claiming they’ll confidently clarify the entire menstrual cycle and 58% agreeing they wish to be extra educated on the subject.
However not all dads are snug having the interval speak. The survey exhibits that a big share of dads really feel that the menstrual cycle is an ungainly subject to debate with their daughter: 63% within the US, 57% within the UK, 44% in France, 38% in Spain and 34% in Italy.
Menstruation is a delicate subject for each dads and daughters. As teenage ladies undergo varied hormonal and bodily adjustments, beginning these conversations might sound all the things however straightforward. When requested who’s extra prone to deliver up the dialog round menstrual cycles, 43% of dads stated it might be them, 39% stated it might be their daughter and 17% stated that neither of them is prone to deliver this up.
Most dads surveyed really feel snug speaking to their daughter about menstruation (64%). Nonetheless, nonetheless, 14% really feel uncomfortable and clarify why: 53% discover the dialog awkward, 39% discover the dialog delicate, 34% fear their daughter will ask a query they don’t know the reply to, 32% fear they’ll say the improper factor, 32% have no idea sufficient concerning the topic and 21% can’t relate.
It’s fairly frequent for dads to purchase menstrual merchandise for his or her daughters. Whereas 60% purchase pads, 30% tampons, 22% interval panties and 15% menstrual cups, 16% of surveyed dads nonetheless don’t purchase these merchandise for his or her daughters.
When requested the place they might go to get extra data and be taught concerning the menstrual cycle, many of the surveyed dads in every nation stated they might ask one other female relative: 64% within the US, 61% within the UK, 55% in Italy, 52% in Spain and 40% in France.
Different dads would search for data in academic articles (34%), ask their feminine associates (31%), learn academic books (27%), watch academic YouTube movies (26%) or scroll by means of academic social media accounts (17%). A smaller, 7% would ask their male associates or male relations.
The instances are altering. INTIMINA’s survey exhibits that menstruation is changing into much less taboo. It’s encouraging that almost all dads and single dads perceive they should know details concerning the menstrual cycle to indicate help and love for his or her rising daughters.
For anybody who wants a little bit of reassurance and further schooling in relation to interval talks, INTIMINA’s The Surprise Ladies Information Guide can come in useful when beginning conversations with pubescent kids.
Established in 2009, INTIMINA is Swedish model full line of merchandise for girls’s intimate well-being. With three care ranges – Menstrual Care, Pelvic Flooring Strengthening, and Female Wellness – INTIMINA has merchandise for girls of all ages. Each product is created from the very best high quality body-safe supplies, and has been designed and examined with the help of a worldwide group of medical consultants and gynecologists.
*INTIMINA’s survey of 1,258 dads with daughters aged 10-15 throughout the UK, USA, France, Italy and Spain was performed by Censuswide in July 2022.