Enhancing body confidence with Knixteen 

By | June 22, 2018

Mother Nature can be a “bit” of a cow, can’t she?

Those teenage and pre-teen years are fraught with hormone changes, the “shall I, shan’t I?” when it comes to letting that someone special know you like them, coupled with that “what if they don’t like me? What if I say the wrong thing or giggle when I’m not supposed to?”.

And then there’s school, exams to study for, pressures from family members to “do your best” and homework! I don’t know about you, but there seems to be a lot more homework than when I was at school, it all can feel a bit like the schools are rushing, rushing to meet their targets, otherwise they don’t get the funding…which leads me on to the school letters and emails, asking for money, another aspect I don’t remember being so intense.

But back to the teen years, not only are there all these pressures, couple this with the body changes that puberty brings and for girls, that means periods.

Yuck! Like most, my period started during the high school years, I was 13 and really could have done without it! The sports kit included white skirts and there was always the feeling of dread if I had PE during a cycle, especially if the subject was trampolining, you get what I’m saying?! 

It would have been fantastic if a product similar to a leak-proof body short from Knixteen had been around, how much angst and worry on my part could have been averted.

Here’s how they work, with details from the Knixteen website:

“We created Knixteen ‘Oh-No’ Proof Underwear because we believe your period shouldn’t stop you from doing awesome stuff. We’re your back-up protection against inevitable leaks, odor, and moisture, meaning you can stay confident no matter what time of the month it is. Whether you’re bringing your period to school, the big soccer game, the movies, or a sleepover – bring us too.”

For me, with a teenage daughter, who has a very regular cycle, the advantages are that they would be able to withstand little leaks whilst stopping that “smell” which, without any words says that “yes, I am on my period”.

Additionally for our daughter – she headed rapidly into precious puberty at age 8, at which time we were fortunate enough to be offered puberty blocking for the next four years, it helped her immensely and – she is now at a point where by no means does she enjoy her period – far from it! – but she is now able to understand that it is a part of growing-up and that it’s with her for about 5 days a month. We haven’t gone into how many years this will last, but I reckon it’s a question she’ll be asking during a future cycle.

We have a little foolproof routine during her cycle, that of cuddle time, chocolate and her choice of DVD, we have an added complication in that my daughter resists passionately and violently any form of pain relief for her tummy so it really is a case of cuddling it out.

I remember being too embarrassed to discuss anything like periods with my parents, in some ways I’m glad that my daughter’s autism means that she is extremely direct about her cycles and doesn’t use any names for it, it’s simply her period, bless her, which means that she has no qualms about talking about it, which I’m grateful for.

She had her school sports day this week and this picture sums our D up to a “T”, joining in, smiling, wearing her sun hat. At the moment, she has no body issues, I hope she stays that way.

This is a collaborative post.

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