I had my first period on the 6th September 2006, when I was 12 years old. Don’t even ask why I still remember the date, I’m just cool like that!
I really struggled with my period through school: they were really irregular, could be heavy and painful one month then light and pain free the next. I underestimated my flow and ruined a nice pair of pants so many times that I just took to wearing my “period pants” constantly while at school.
One thing that was always guaranteed with my unpredictable period was this: I would always start my period on the toilet!
Every. Single. Time.
I don’t understand why my body does this but from my very first period back in 2006 to my latest period last week, I have started to bleed while sat on the toilet. I’ve never met anyone else whose body does this, so if yours does please let me know!
One of my friends jokes that its my superpower and, while I’d find teleportation a hell of a lot more useful (it would save me money on commuting to uni every other day), I’ll take what I can get!
I’m proud to say that post is part of TOTM’s #TalkingPeriods campaign, the aim of which is to lessen the social taboo that surrounds periods. So many young girls and grown women find their periods embarrassing when in fact they are a perfectly normal part of life.
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Part two of this campaign will be going live on 2nd October- My Period Survival Kit!
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.