Michael Sheen


Pads4Dads Video

If you want to learn more about periods you’re in the right place! With the support of an army of Dads we’ve pulled together everything you need to know to get the conversation flowing! Check out our top tips below or download the full PDF here.

dads guide to periods

Why #Pads4Dads?

Here at Hey Girls, we know that talking to young people about puberty can be awkward. Chatting about periods can be even harder, especially if you don’t experience them yourself. Obviously, every Dad is different – but many that we spoke to said they don’t know enough about periods to feel confident having ‘the chat’ with their kids. Chances are no one told them about periods when they were younger, or maybe they just feel a bit awkward and leave things to Mum.

We think it’s a bit nuts that around half the population has a period almost every month, but that they can still be seen as secret and shameful. We’re pushing for better education about periods in schools for all pupils so we can end the stigma around periods.

In the meantime, Dads have told us that they need a helping hand. So, we have created Pads 4 Dads – a quick overview by Dads for Dads – to help you have positive conversations with all your kids about periods.

“Let’s not leave dads out of the conversation!”

 – Michael Sheen, Actor, Activist, Dad

Michael Sheen

Vital statistics…

  • 4 in 10 dads never learnt about periods at school
  • Only 41% of dads say they feel comfortable talking about periods with their kids, and nearly half haven’t chatted to their daughters about them
  • 45% of dads are unsure what the signs are that someone might be about to start their period
  • 1 in 3 dads have never purchased period products

Based on a survey of 1500 British men including 753 Dads by Edelman Intelligence for Hey Girls, 2019.