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When I was around 4 or 5 I had a babysitter after preschool. Well one day, I went into her bathroom and found some tampons ( this was when they were in cardboard still). At first I started thinking that it was a prize and she had hidden them around the house. So, I went and looked in the cupboard beneath the sink, and there were so many. I toke them out to her and said ' I found them all! But, you might want to think about changing the cotton candy flavor inside. I think it went bad." I had eaten the cotton in the tampon and thought it was cotton candy. Now when I look back, I am so embrassed, and I still see her sometimes too!

omg why did i have to be a dumb kid ].[
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My (male) friend believed until high school that a girl's period lasted about half an hour, although you wouldn't know wxactly when it would come, so you might have to wear a tampon for a day or two.

I also had a boyfriend in college who assumed girls changed their tampons daily, as one changes one's underwear.

Siobhan
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i used to think all girls peed their pants, and pads where diapers

i liked the idea of it and wanted to be a girl

Anon
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When I first got my period, I never really knew anything about it.I got really scared, I thought I was dying because there was blood everywhere and I kept "bleeding" while having my shower.

Someone
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my exboyfriend in college thought that tampons were used as birth control...
sadly he was 20 years old... yikes for sex education!

francia
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when i was little a thought that menses were posinous and if u got it you died until i got mine when i was twelve i did not go to sleep the whole day cuz of that

duh
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i used to believe when i first got my period that in ored for the blood to come out i had to pee on the pad so i did that every time i had to go to the bathroom

mel
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At age 9
Mom said: Do you know what a period is?
Me said: *looking very proud* A dot at the end of a sentance!

Usagi Ohkami
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When I was younger - before I started my period, we had sex ed and I had talked to my mum all about womnaly issues. So she told me that I was due to start my period soon, so me being rather melo-dramatic, announce to my older brother everytime I got stressed with him "Look, I'm allowed to be stressed! I'm going to start my period soon!!". He'd always give me a funny look and back off straight after....But the ironic thing was I didn't start my period until like another year later.

Madame
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When I was little and my mum explained to me that a period was when the egg in a woman's body doesnt turn into baby, it comes out and a whole load of blood does too. I thought it was horrible that every month unborn babies were being flushed down our toilet, and I couldnt believe how cruel my mother was being!

Jenny
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When I was young I used to believe that women only got their periods during their teen years - so from 12 to about 19 years old. I was really disapointed when I learned the truth!

Tamara
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This is actually my mom's story but... when she and her sister were little, they were in the restroom and saw one of the tampon/pad dispensers. They went on for about ten minutes on how they thought sanitary napkins were for people who were too uptight to use the normal paper towels for there hands and they needed individually wrapped napkins. lol

Anon
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Just before I hit puberty we had a talk at school about periods and they gave us free sanitary pads. I took them home and my mum asked me if I knew how to use them and I said of course I do. You take two and put them on either leg...I obviously hadn't understood what they were saying in the talk.

Anon
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i used to think that my period would start red. Well, then i got mine, it was almost black!!!! I thought i had cancer or something!
thank god for mom who didn't laugh her head off- i was sooo SCARED!

not a cancer patient
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One time when i was little, i saw a tampon machine at a rest-area bathroom. I used to believe that a tampon machine was an adult candy machine with candy bars that only adults eat [that explains the plain-looking wrappers]. So one day i brought a quarter in to the bathroom with me, so i could try this "adult candy" and look mature eating it. I put in the quarter and out came the "candy bar." I opened it up and remebered seeing one in the trashcan in one of the stalls, and i thought "I guess cherry isn't a very good flavor!" XD
So, i took it in the car with me and showed it to my sister [who was the same age]. I told her what it was, and we thought it didn't really look very tasty ... but my sis said it could be cotton candy! So i tried to bite it, and that's when my mom came in. Hehe ...

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I had been given limited sex-ed in grade school so I thought I understood the whole "having your period" thing. A little bit of outflow for 5-7 days? No problem!

I was so upset when I got my first one and found out that you bled *the entire time*, not just once a day.

Anon
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I used to think tampons were little cups that would fill up, and you'd have to c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y dump them out then put them back in. I didn't even want to try using them until I was in college and found out that they weren't cups.

Anon
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A little disgusting, but...

When I was about 8, my mother had just recently given me the good old puberty education, including the joys of having my very own period. One of the things I learned is that girls had periods so that they could pass their unfertilized eggs out of their bodies. Well, one day, I took a shower and she went to the bathroom, so she didn't flush (poor plumbing, thus I would have been burned by scalding hot water). When I got out to dry, I peeked in the toilet and saw it was red inside - plus there was this really big dark thing! For days, I was in a panic about having my period, because I didn't want to pass that HUGE thing through you know where!

... then I realized it was poo I had seen, and not some huge unfertilized egg. I was so relieved to learn that the eggs were microscopic...

Sorry Mom :)
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After the horrifying conversation and book-readings that explained getting your period, I became paranoid until I started at age 12. When I started, I was staying with my father for the weekend, and had to call my mom on the phone to tell her. She then instructed my father to go buy me some pads. Dad, not knowing any better, bought pantyliners (those lil' flimsy things), which did okay on the first occasion, as I didn't bleed much. Problem was, pads and tampons had been explained to me, but nobody had explained that you could STOP using them after you were done for the months. So I wore the stupid pantyliners for a month solid! I then informed my mother that I needed more. At which point, she told me that I didn't need to wear them for eternity, just when I needed them. (Big Relief!) However, having only seen the panyliners (mom used tampons, no pads), I was HORRIFIED when she bought me the real deal pads and they were, naturally, much larger.

Amy
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My 10 year old brother once confronted me and threatened to go to mum and dad to tell on me.....?
He had found a tampax in my tent when we were camping one time and although he didn't know what it was he was certain it was for grown-ups only and I was in deep trouble!

Yvonne Welling
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