While your daughter is young, about 5-7 years-old, this is the perfect time to begin teaching her about her girl anatomy. It might surprise you to learn that I think the best place to begin is with the ovaries.
It All Begins with the Ovaries
One of the questions that most young girls ask is where babies come from. The stork is a fun story and there are many others out there as well, but when your daughter asks, she will be fascinated to learn that it all begins in the ovaries.
Just think about how much your daughter’s life is going to be impacted as her ovaries prepare for the profound changes that are going to happen during puberty. It is so interesting to consider that about 300,000 eggs have been waiting patiently since birth to join the monthly opportunity to escape from the ovaries and fulfill their destiny.
Not only eggs, but also hormones escape from the ovaries as puberty begins. Estrogen initiates the menstrual cycle each month and progesterone supports the endometrium (inside lining of the uterus) as it waits patiently for a fertilized egg.
It’s all about the ovaries, so let’s start early and help our young daughters to know where the ovaries are located and impress on them their importance. In the next few years, you can turn the conversation from where babies come from to what is going to change in their ovaries in the near future.
As I always suggest, limit your talks to just a few minutes each time. These young girls have a short attention span and they will be easily overwhelmed with too much information. It’s also a good idea to make this time together fun, something they look forward to. You are establishing a positive mindset about reproductive topics and they will look forward to sharing their thoughts with you as they mature.