There’s a new book on the block, and it’s a must-buy for the tween girl in your life.

A frank, funny look at all things menstruation, ‘Welcome to Your Period’ is a passion project by Yumi Stynes, co-creator of the award-winning ABC podcast, ‘Ladies We Need to Talk,’ and Dr Melissa Kang, a practicing physician specialising in adolescent health and the longest running voice behind Dolly Magazine’s iconic advice column, Dolly Doctor.

Dubbed the ultimate menstruation manual for girls aged nine to 12, ‘Welcome to Your Period’ is guaranteed to make girls feel comfortable and confident about their period – whether it’s started or not.

Written with big-sisterish wisdom and fun and informative medical insight, this book promises to take the weird, mortifying and messy out of period talk and offers candid advice on how to handle this bleeding business like a boss. It’s the ultimate guide to periods for pre-teens who have more questions than they’re willing to ask, and their parents who don’t know where to start.

“When I was younger, I longed for a resource like Welcome to Your Period – to answer questions that I might have only asked in a whisper, if I dared!” says Yumi. “Looking at the pages, I feel emotional thinking how grateful my 12-year-old self would have been to have a book to take me through everything that happens when you get your period.”

Covering everything from cramps to dealing with used tampons, Yumi and Melissa offer practical tips for surviving your period at school, at sleepovers and during sport, features medical information, advice, case studies, first-person accounts and questions from real teens. It guides pre-teens through everything they need to know about Aunt Flo, all in a shame-free zone.

‘Welcome to Your Period’ is also a response to the growing period activism movement, covering environmental, intersectional and cultural knowledge about menstruation.

“Women around the world feel passionately about breaking the stigma surrounding periods and we’re proud to be contributing our advice and knowledge to help make it a positive experience for as many girls as possible,” says Melissa.

Publishing as a pocket-ish size paper-back book (RRP $19.99), ‘Welcome to Your Period’ also features eye-catching illustrations by Jennifer Latham and comes with a super cool WTYP pouch and a shopping list with all your essential items for that time of the month.

“I hope young girls use the book to feel armed and empowered and confident to take it on!” says Yumi.

Hardie Grant Egmont is thrilled to announce the launch of ‘Welcome to Your Period,’ which will be hitting shelves on August 1, 2019.



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