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I used to think that maxi pads were big band-aids.

Keesha
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Not my own belief, but I had a boyfriend who used to think that all the women in the world had their periods at the same time.

Mary K
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When my family decided one summer day that we should all go out to the nearby pool and go swimming, I told my mother I was "riding the crimson wave" and probably shouldn't go. My mother told everyone I wasn't feeling well and decided we should all not go. That led to my little 8 year old brother throwing a massive temper tantrum yelling and screaming about how I was ruining everything. It was then that my mom finally told him about periods.

An irritated older sister
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I used to think that a menstrual cycle was a type of bicycle and i wanted to ride one.

Anon
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I used to think that menstrual pads were big band-aids used to cover up a big boo-boo, that a normal band aid can't cover up!

Christina
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When I was 5 or 6, I overheard my mom talking on the phone and she said that one of her friends was on her period. I didn't know what that was, so i just thought it had something to do with punctuation. I never thought about it that much, and I never figured out what a "period" was, other than punctuation, until I actually had my first period. It changed.

Wanda
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i once saw a pad advert and i was with my couasain so I asked her. She said its when you have a nosebleed so you use it as a plaster. I bumped my nose the next day and I got a nose bleed so I asked my mum' mum please can I have a pad for my Nose. When I learnt what it actually was I was pretty embarrassed. My couasain still reminds me of that day.

Maddie
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When my sister was about sixteen my college educated mother found she was using tampons and became hysterical.She called the Dr. and shrieked about how my sister wasn't a virgin anymore and "no decent man would marry her". The Dr. must have thought mom was a nutcase but he finally calmed her down by giving his word as a doctor.My sister almost got grounded for a month!

anonymouse
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When I was in elementary school my mom tried to explain puberty to me and I vastly misinterpreted the facts. For several years I believed that when girls first got their periods, they would just continually bleed for the rest of their lives until they got old and ran out of blood and then they died.

Anon
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I thought that pads were pampers for woman who can't control their pee, once my elder sis was teasing me with her male and female friends at home so I angrily went to her cabinet and took a pad which I thought was pamper and went to my sis and infront of her friend I was like hey look Stacie still wears pampers.....

Lol
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When I was younger I thought you had your period one month and didn't have another until the next year the same month.I also believed that when you were on your period you wore a diaper.

OddChild
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When I was in fourth grade, the fifth graders were all hyped from the big HEALTH CLASS. I had some friends, and I asked what was so funny. They said they were learning about periods. I thought of the punctuation. I guessed it was slang for some really horrible sex term, and was all, "okay"... Asked my mom when I got home, and I was absolutely horrified. And the fourth grade accidentally got the sex ed permission slips for the fifth grade. We were all like GOD HELP US TAMPONS BE THE WORST THING EVER!

Pervy middle schoolers
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When I was very little I overheard my older sister saying that she started her period. When I asked her about it she said that once a month older girls bled from their special place. Soon after that I saw a tampon commercial showing girls doing stereotypical girly things including painting their toenails. I heard them talk about periods and I saw the girls wearing those pedicure toe-separator things and, up until I had health class in 5th grade, I believed that girls on their period bled between their toes every month. From that moment on, I have always hated feet.

Rachel
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When my little sister and I were really young (maybe ages 6 and 4) our mom was changing the sheets on our parents' bed for laundry day and we saw a dark stain on the mattress. When we asked what it was, mom tried to skirt around explaining periods by saying, "well sometimes when you're asleep you can't control when you have a bad surprise." For probably ten years(!) we thought Mom had had diarrhea in her sleep... yes, even after we learned what periods were, we didn't make the connection!

Kelsie
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When I was younger, I thought that periods were when your breasts were growing. When I heard a girl saying that she couldn't swim because she was on her period, I was horrified because I thought that you couldn't swim for all the years you were growing breasts.

Anon
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When I was 10 I had my first period- this was a year or so before the big talk at school so I remember being a little scared and thinking, "Crap! I BROKE IT!!!" I decided not to tell anyone about it for some time.

Anon
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I used to believe that when a woman had her period, the lining retreated into the uterus by puncturing it and going through the holes. I thought those holes were the cause of menstrual blood. I also thought that the umbilical cord was a kind of tube that shot food into the uterus, so I thought there would be sandwiches and things just lying around in there.

somegrrrl
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When I first had my period at 10, I didn't realize the cervix would block the tampon from going up all the way. I walked slowly like a robot, afraid any sudden movement would cause the tampon to shoot up in me irretrievably. I think I eventually realized the likelihood of women mass using a product also meant it probably wasn't so dangerous as to get lost in the body.

Anon
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I was at a friends house and her little sister ran up to us with her 'art'. It was in fact a pad with a mass of scribbles above it. My mum looked fondly at her and asked "Do you know what that is?"
"Yes," she replied, "It's mummies bum liner!!!!!"

Those were the days.....
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When my brother was about 6 years old he found a swelled-up tampon floating in a swimming pool. He picked it up, ran over to our mom, and happily claimed that he had found a marshmallow on a string. He was very exited about it, until my mom explained what it really was.

Anon
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