The Weirdest Thing About My Period #TalkingPeriods

Jade Marie wearing a black blazer, grey top and red lipstick, looking down into a glass of cider

*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.

Jade Marie wearing a black blazer, grey top and red lipstick, looking down into a glass of cider

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.

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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.

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However unpredictable and uncomfortable my period is though, there’s one thing that always happens: I start my period while sat on the toilet.

Every. Single. Time.

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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!

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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?

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The Weirdest Thing About My Periods #TalkingPeriods

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  • Bella says:

    Heya Jade! If only I could start my period on the toilet! Mine unfortunately starts whenever it likes – oh so embarrassingly I remember when I was wearing white tracksuit bottoms on the school bus when I was about 10/11 and it decided it was the perfect time to hit like a blooming tidal wave! So glad I moved away shortly after (not because of that though haha!). Great post, keep up the good work my lovely! Bella x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Oh god Bella that must have been horrible! I don’t know my body does it, it’s so frigging weird!! Thank you lovely!x

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