The day before I got my period I noticed a small brown stain in my pantyliner. I shrugged it off thinking it was probably just the light playing tricks on my eyes.
The next day I was talking to my friends about periods and I felt squirmish as my undies felt more wet than usual. After the end of the period I went to the bathroom thinking it was just extra discharge. Then I saw the brown streak and flipped. It was a rusty brown red color and it covered my entire crotch. I stared at it for like 5 minutes and my friend came in to check in on me. She found out laughed and handed me a pad.
My mom picked me up early that day and I stayed home for 5 days. Weirdly, my first period only lasted for like 2 days. So not too dramatic I guess. Great thing is that I don’t get cramps I just get moody and hungry around that time of the month.
So good luck to all those girls who just got it and are reading this for advice. I don’t enjoy my period but now my family treats me with a newfound respect so yea.
I got my period on the first day of high school (junior high for those in the US). This is both awesome, because in many ways both starting high school and getting your period signal a passageway to adulthood, and terrible because the factors had conspired against me to make it a hellish experience.
A few days before I was due to start high school my family was returning from a holiday when our car broke down about 5 hours away from home. This meant that my parents had to stay in the town but sent my sister and I home with an Aunty where we were to stay until my parents could come home.
Unfortunately the fact that my mother was stuck 5 hours away meant that a few of the ‘Brodie starts school’ errands that she was planning to run on our return couldn’t happen. These included: READ MORE… »
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What comes to mind when you hear the title, The Hormone Diva?
Is it a sassy expert filled with knowledge about hormones? If so, you couldn’t be more right! Robyn Srigley is just that. As a PMS coach and holistic nutritionist she is full of facts and humor to make learning about hormones simple and fun!
Like the diva that she is, you can find her sharing her expertise all throughout BPP – in our PeriodTalk Q &A Forum, our co-hosted webinar (Learn to Ditch Your PMS Cravings with 4 Simple Tricks) as well as the following articles:
As a regular contributor at Be Prepared. Period., we thought it about time we give Robyn the introduction she deserves.
When asked to share a little about herself and the work she is doing, Robyn says…
I am fiercely committed to guiding women to achieve vibrant health, pain-free periods and balanced moods so they can finally regain control of their hormones, cycles and LIFE. With experience working with amazing clients with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve remarkable success, my mission and commitment is to replace your anxieties with JOY, to open possibility in your life and to have a positive impact on the next generation. READ MORE… »
It was summer 2002, right around my 11th birthday. I had gone to my dad’s house for a weekend visit and ended up getting my first period on the Friday night.
I asked my mom to come pick me up on the Saturday because my dad and his wife were just not prepared to be helpful. Periods, sexual health, etc. type topics (or any type topics, really!) have never been uncomfortable or unwelcome at my mom’s house, so when I got home, my stepdad greeted me with a loud “So I hear you’re a woman now!”, a huge smile, and a hug.
My mom generally didn’t use tampons, so her friend came by with a small box because we all planned on going swimming. They both sort of talked me through inserting it properly and comfortably from the other side of the bathroom door, and then we just went about our day! Apart from not being in the most ideal location at first, I know a lot of girls who have experienced worse! Not a bad first time!
Congratulations to all my fellow females who have entered womanhood! 😉 And good luck to those who will soon be embarking on this beautiful journey!
We at Be Prepared. Period. are super excited to announce the newest member of the team, Danielle, our new Community Outreach Intern!
Sharing a common goal of wanting to help others, she joins us to help spread the word about the resources we offer to women and girls. Resources to not only prepare girls and parents for puberty (and menarche), but to improve menstrual health among all women.
Danielle also recognizes the need for open menstrual communication as she shares her own first period story:
“As I reflect back on all the things that have happened over the school years I remember my first period.
I am extremely close with my mom, so talking about my period and what was going to happen before it actually happened was a major topic around 11-12 years old. It was nice to not be blind sided by my period. Of course at 12 years old getting ready for school, going to the bathroom and realizing I got my period was blind siding. But, the multiple conversations I had with my mom about it made the whole situation easier. I went into her room told her I got my period, she gave me a hug and cried and said her little girl was growing up. She handed me a pad, showed me how to use it. She then handed me a little brown bag to put into my purse with pads in it, told me to change it every few hours and I was on my way to school.
My periods have always been painful. They’d often force me to miss school, university or work, and if I was caught out in the middle of town I’d been known to lie down for an hour or two in a cubicle of a public toilet.
I got my period on the second week of my honeymoon on a remote island, and I remember feeling scared one night that there was no hospital on the island, because I was in far too much pain for comfort. So they were really no picnic to begin with.
But one month, out of nowhere, on Day 2 of my period I was suddenly gripped with the worst pain I’d ever felt, and I remained in a state of complete agony for the next two days. My husband had to rescue me from work and help me to bed. I couldn’t stand up straight. I couldn’t walk without holding onto things. It was quite scary.
At this stage my periods were longer than they used to be too: I’d gone from five day to eight day periods. So I did some neurotic late night googling, and canvassed opinions from friends, and also went to a proper doctor. It looked to all concerned like I had endometriosis maybe.
So I recently started my period. My mom works nights so it was just my dad and I. So when I went to the bathroom I saw something red and I was shocked but new what to do. I just got a pad because I was prepared. I just put it on my underwear and called my mom. During this time I was really shaken up. I called my mom and told her everything she said when she got home we would talk. So I told her I didn’t tell my dad. So my dad came in and saw that I was crying so I just immediately told him and he was understanding and hugged me and said if I need Advil or Motrin to just ask him. So I did have cramps and relaxed the next day.