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Welcome to Periods: Reducing awkward conversations


For young women, getting their first period is a natural part of growing up. But when it happens, many will avoid having the awkward conversation due to embarrassment – and that’s where Moxie’s Welcome to Periods boxes come in.

Developed by feminine hygiene brand, Moxie, the Welcome to Periods boxes are designed to introduce young women to their period and answer many of their questions. They feature a carefully curated selection of period products including pads, tampons and menstrual cups; with some packs also featuring a book that serves as a funny, age-appropriate guide for pre-teens about getting their period called ‘Welcome to Your Period’ by Dr Melissa Tang and Yumi Stynes.

Moxie was started in 2005. “It began from a personal pain point. I was a young woman when an idea sparked about making the period experience a little nicer,” says Moxie Co-founder, Mia Klitsas.

“I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of schools and have noticed that while some young women are really open in talking about their period and menstrual health, there are others who will experience their first period without saying anything because they feel ashamed or embarrassed.”

The Welcome to Periods boxes were developed to help reduce the awkwardness many young women experience when they get their first period.

“We’re fortunate that we live in a society where we can talk about menstrual health. Giving young women access to these boxes can help make the whole process much more seamless. We now have a broader range of boxes available,” Mia adds.

Nearly 12 months since their launch and the Welcome to Periods boxes have been receiving great feedback, particularly from parents. The Deluxe edition box includes a broader selection of period products; from reusables, to disposable tampons and pads, empowering young women to decide which is the best fit for them.

“What we’re hearing from parents is that they are thanking us for making this so much easier for their daughters. Many of them purchase the boxes for their children and tell them to let them know when they are ready to talk about it. It’s great to see young women really embracing the concept – and it’s great that it can be done in a cute and non-offensive way.” says Mia.

Moxie has also put together six key tips for having awkward conversations with teens:

  • Remember what it was like to be a teen, but be mindful that times have changed.
  • Pick the right time and place.
  • Ask open ended questions.
  • Share stories about when you were growing up and the experiences you had as a teen as sharing builds trust.
  • Listen without judgement.
  • Don’t be afraid to seek professional guidance and support when needed.

To view the Welcome to Periods range, please click here.


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