Your adolescent son has maybe questioned in his own mind what happens to a girl each month that results in a period. He sees feminine hygiene ads, hears girls talking about their periods, and he has probably noticed changes in you during the month. It is unlikely that he will ask about it, but if some information came his way, he would appreciate it.
You don’t want to have a long talk, because he won’t like that. But, if you break the information into small pieces, you will be surprised how much you can teach him in just a few months.
A good place to begin is to talk about the ovaries. Here are some simple points to make and a great anatomy figure from my books to help you make your point.
- There are two ovaries and they contain eggs.
- Each month, the brain sends a hormone message to the ovaries and an egg is released from one of the ovaries. This is called ovulation.
- The egg is directed into a tube called a fallopian tube.
- The egg wait for about a day and then it takes about four days for the egg to travel to the uterus.
- This happens every month with an egg released from an ovary to start a circle of events.
This is a good start and will hopefully initiate other great conversations with your son.