Welcome to Your Period!

Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang

Welcome to Your Period!
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
1 August 2019

Welcome to Your Period!

Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang

A frank, funny, age-appropriate guide for pre-teens about getting your period, from Dr Melissa Kang (a former Dolly Doctor) and Yumi Stynes (all-round excellent woman).

Getting your period for the first time can be mortifying, weird and messy - and asking questions about it can feel even worse. But it doesn’t have to be like that! This little book is packed with honest advice on all the things you need to know: from what cramps feel like to whether you can feel it coming out, to what you should do if your pad leaks onto your clothes.

Welcome To Your Period includes case studies, first-person accounts and questions from real teens (and answers from real experts - us!) so you can manage your period like a boss.


Yumi Stynes is right when she says that ‘ Dolly Doctor’ was once the only place to which you could turn for honest advice on bodies and your periods. Thankfully, finally, we’re starting to see greater awareness of menstruation – this book comes hot on the heels of the Victorian Women’s Trust’s self-published success About Bloody Time, by Karen Pickering and Jane Bennett.

Welcome to Your Period is light, cute and very easy to read and navigate. It covers all the basics of bleeding for beginners, and is broken up by Dolly Doctor style Q&A panels and personal anecdotes, which bring a range of experiences to the page. Although some of the more complicated issues are dealt with only briefly, overall this is a welcome, positive introduction to anybody who might be about to experience their first period. Welcome to Your Period is the period pocketbookfilled with the kind of frank, practical advice your older bestie might offer, and will help hundreds ofteens demystify and normalise their experience.

Bec Kavanagh works as a bookseller at Readings Kids.

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