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Because you want to know all about my period... 
7th-Nov-2007 02:21 pm
This post is brought to you from the one directly preceding it.

I remember when I was in my early teens, asking my mom what getting my period would be like.  I was left with the impression that I would feel a cramp, go sit on the toilet, pee blood and be done with it.

Wouldn't that be nice?

I had no idea that it came from the vagina and not the urethra.  I didn't know i would take days.  I didn't now it would look any different than the blood when you get a big cut.

The first time I got my period, I didn't even notice.  I spent the day swimming at a neighbour's house and when I got home and changed out of my swimsuit I noticed a little stain on the crotch.  My mom told me to use tampons but I was scared too.  She insisted but my sister saved the day with Maxi-Pads.

I didn't get it again for about 6 months.  I was feeling sick at school in the afternoon and when it was finally the end of the day my stomach was hurting so bad I huddled in the hallway in a ball until I regained my composure and made it to the bus.  I got home and went to pee and was shocked by the goo that I found.  Nothing like I imagined.  I spent a good while cleaning up before everyone else got home.  I don' remember if I told anyone.

So what was your first time like?  What misconceptions did you have about the whole thing beforehand?
7th-Nov-2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I also didn't know it came out the vagina (didn't know I had one). I'd heard girls talking about periods so when I saw blood in the toilet, I wasn't too scared. I got my mom and she told me what to do. She also told the whole family that evening, which was pretty much the worst thing ever.
7th-Nov-2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
No one told my dad. The next summer a friend was over and said something like "Well, now that you have your period..." and my dad was all WHAAAAA? My little girls is a WOMAN now? and I was mortified. I was in grade 7. Definitely not feeling womanly.
7th-Nov-2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
That was very thorough... I felt kinda weirded out at first, but then had a morbid sense of curiosity to press on reading it.

As far my own experience goes, I never had one. Although, when I was a child, I thought I'd have it one day... . Thankful in someways that I don't have to go through the pain.
7th-Nov-2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh it could have been MUCH more detailed but I thought I'd spare everyone!
7th-Nov-2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Just like with you mom was completely useless...

I got my first period in 5th grade gym class. I had no clue I was gonna get it, so I just folded some tp & made due until I got home & called mom, who promptly said to just use one of her tampons... sound familiar? I managed to convince her that they hurt & she bought me the HUGEST PADS EVER. Needless to say I went out & bought myself the smallest tampons they made at the time & learned on my own how do use them.

The End... Yayy mom!
7th-Nov-2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
haha I was also a victim of the diaper pads. They were so thick!! my mom would buy the cheapest, highest absorbancy pads ever. they sucked so much.
7th-Nov-2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
So you didn't know about periods at all?

How did she expect us to use a tampon if we didn't even know where the hole was? SHEESH!
8th-Nov-2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking she thought we "saw" what she was doing with them if we were in the w/c at the same time. Maybe I'm wrong, but either way, once again she failed us miserably!

It's a good thing we had other female influences in our lives & a ton more common sense to figure things out on our own =)
8th-Nov-2007 09:47 am (UTC)
I was 12 and "camping" in a tent in my friend's backyard. I ran home to use the bathroom in the evening at one point, since my friend lived right across the street.

I wiped and there was a tiny itsy bit of blood. :O Gasp! My mom, who had stopped having periods years before, still had some pads for some reason, but they were ancient and about an inch thick. I'm not kidding. I told my mom and she told me to get one and put it on, so I did. Then I ran back out to "camp" again with my friends. I told them and they thought I was lucky, since I was the first. I disagreed. Then we forgot all about it... except I was reminded when I would feel the phone book-sized pad between my legs. After that first tiny little bit, no blood came out anymore.

I didn't have another one for about 6 months either. My family and I were all pretty neutral about the whole thing. The cramps from hell didn't start until I was 15, at which point I went on the pill and they were reduced to a dull ache for a few hours. I'm thankful that the pill worked so well!
8th-Nov-2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
oh lord. my parents were on one of their many vacations they would take i was staying down the hill/road and had to tell them and the lady got me this insane huge box of pads as if she'd never had a period i didn't know what to think and then when my parents came home and i told them my dad hugged me and gave me this YOU ARE A WOMAN now speech that i really could have lived without and the whole thing was just embarrassing.
8th-Nov-2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
i was at home when i got mine. my mother worked for a gyno for years and was pretty open with me about everything, so i wasn't scared. i don't think i had one for months after my first.

and i also fell victim to "giganti-pads".
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