Just to get the conversation started, I tell (actually make up) a story (my favorite is about 'sexting), as if knew someone who had a kid involved, and ask my kid if she has heard of it? What does she know about it? Do kids in school talk about it? Would she ever do something like that?
I remember about periods I did the same thing - around 10, asked her if the girls at school had their periods? Did she know what it was (she did)? Did she have any questions (she did... like how often, etc.) and then I added a bit more info about why women have periods, etc.
In a sense, it might be easier if you can get her talking, and then just correct, add to the information. I think in a sense when they talk, it means more... rather than hearing it as a lecture (like later, asking if she has thought about sex, when does she think it is appropriate, what are the risks of sex, etc.) They often know more than you think!
at 12:06 PM on May. 7, 2009