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?