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What Was Your First Period Like?

There's been some hype around the subject matter of the new book My Little Red Book, and if you take a step back and understand the purpose of these short stories, you'll realize how helpful this dialogue is to curious teenagers, confused dads, mothers, and young women who are dealing with their first period. Contributors from all walks of life share their right-of-passage stories, and since almost all of us can identify with those feelings of fear, change, excitement, and joy that come with a first period, I'm curious to learn what else you felt when you first got yours, so do tell!


jennifer90984 jennifer90984 8 years
I was 9 when i had my first period. I was cramping and aching I thought I was coming down with the flu or cold or something i had heard about from my friends so I had an idea what it was all about. I just wne into the bathroom and had noticed a stain on my unerwear so I changed underwear. after that i really never did anything for like a month then the next time when i noticed a spot i had it and it stayed for like 7 days straight and I still have them 7 days straight I dont like Tampons at all so i have to wear 2 or 3 pads at a time cause i go so heavey my doctor said its normal only the first 2 or 3 days then it gets lighter yuck!!! I hate it between wearing a bra and having a period I wander if it would be better being a guy
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I don't really remember, but I was 11 or 12. I just had one spot in my underwear I think. I believe I waited a day or two and then told my sister late at night. She then told my mom and my mom gave me a pad while she was half a sleep. I hate my period though and I'm currently using a heating pad so my back won't hurt so much.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
no wait I was 12! not 13
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
Summer between 6 and 7th grade so I was 13, and I was wrestling with my dad and brother on the floor (Yes I was a bit of a tomboy yet I was such a girly girl at times haha- As a Psychology and Sociology double major I appreciate the fact that I was basically socialized and treated the same way as my older brother. No big gender bias). Anyway... so my brother was like, "Zia you need to go to the rest room." and I was hadn't noticed so I was responsed with, "No I don't." and He insisted. So when I went I noticed the blood, but it was no big deal because since 5th grade my mother and my health teachers were preparing me for this time. I had a box of never been opened pads under the sink... so I just put one on. I was not a traumatic event. Only after the cramps started to occur is when I started to hate periods!
Advah Advah 8 years
I was 11 and it was awful. I knew exactly what was happening but still got so grossed out I had to run to my room and lie down on my bed because I almost passed out. When my mum came back home I almost burst out into tears, and she and my older sister spent the rest of the day trying to cheer me up; I think they felt really sorry it happened to me so young (they were both older when they got their first period). My mum (she's a nurse) drew pictures to re-explain to me exactly what was happening, and told me what they had to use when she was my age and pads/tampons didn't exist. It took me a really long time to accept I'd have to get my period every month, and it would be ok. I still wish I were a guy.
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