*this post is part of TOTM’s #TalkingPeriods campaign, the aim of which is to lessen the social taboo that surrounds periods.
I had my first period on the 6th September 2006, when I was 12 years old.
Some people wonder how I can remember that after all these years, but let’s face it: going to the toilet, as usual, only to wipe yourself and find a hell of a lot of blood on the paper is pretty traumatising at that age!
I’d known about periods since I was around 6 years old, as I saw my mum changing her pad once and freaked out that something was wrong with her.
She explained what they were, what caused them and said that one day I would have them too.
You’d think I would have been prepared since I knew so much about them, but I didn’t get any of the normal warning signs like spotting, cramps or nausea, so I wasn’t expecting it.
Since then I’ve had a really bad relationship with my period.
They’re very painful and leave me unable to get out of bed for the first day or so, plus even though my period is mercifully short, it’s usually pretty heavy.
I ruined so many pants in those first few years because I couldn’t get permission to go to the toilet to change my pad in school and ended up leaking.
However unpredictable and uncomfortable my period is though,
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 only ever started to bleed while sat on the toilet.
I’m not complaining of course!
At least this way I don’t have to worry about ruining my favourite bedding because mother nature has decided to turn up in the middle of the night, but it is more than a little strange.
Why am I telling you this?
Because periods are still considered a taboo subject.
So many young girls and grown women find their periods embarrassing, when in fact they are a perfectly normal part of life.
The best way to break that taboo is to talk about periods loudly and proudly, so now it’s your turn: what’s your strangest period related story?