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my parents made sure i was educated about puberty. we had all those "what's happening to me?" books. well, i got confused on one section. i thought that having your period was related to masturbation, and if you spent some time on the first day you got it, you could get all the blood out then. Needless to say, i was wrong. man, that made me pissed.

me
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I was the youngest of 6 kids 5 of them being girls. One time i was using the restroom and i asked my Sister what happens if blood comes out of my bottem, and she said that they would put a shot up my butt just so that i would get scared. So when i finally did start my period i never told my mom for fear of gettin a shot.

Anon
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When I was 6 years old, I looked into the toilet and saw a little blood, which had lot been flushed down completely. I went to my mother and asked 'Mom, do you have your paradontosis?', somehow mixing up the word with "periods". Mom was perplexed.

jane
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When I first started getting periods(at age 10 or 11)I always used pads. I always said that I'd never use tampons, my mother never used them so I didn't know how they worked. I thought that because when I wiped my butt while on my period, since there was blood on the toilet paper, if I wore tampons, there would be blood all over the seat of my pants, and if I wanted to prevent it, I'd have to put a tampon up my butt too..

Amanda
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When I was younger I used to think that a period was when you poop blood cells out of your body and I always referred to it as "blood cells." When I was about 6 or 7 I learned it was called a period.

Anon
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I remember when my mother explained periods to me, she said that it's when part of the woman's womb comes away. For ages I thought that meant that you kept losing some until eventually there was no womb left once you were a certain age. Thank goodness for sex ed!

Anon
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One time when i was about 9 or 10 i was at my friend's house, and somehow we got onto the topic of periods. My friend said, "My mom got hers the other day, and there were bloody towels in the sink." Then i said, "That's impossible. You stop getting your period after you have babies. Your perioad makes it so you can make babies, so once that's done, so is your period!" My friend believed me and went, "My mom must'va had a nosebleed or something."

fells like an idiot
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When I first saw a sanitary pad I thought it was used as a sponge to clean the bathroom, beacuse that's where I usualyy found them. Later I saw the packaging and thought that maybe they were adult diapers.

Taby
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I thought that when girls got their period every month it was a one-time thing, like you're sitting watching TV and all of a sudden a small bunch of blood comes out, you change your underwear and you're done. I was too shy to ask anyone and only discovered the truth that spring when I was 12.

Gina
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I used to think that as soon as you got your period then you would automaticly have a baby. I don't know how i came up to that belief but i thought that since i first knew abot periods (5) and the year be4 i got my period (11) oops. I am 12 now. he he

hard headed
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A few years ago my brother, who is 7 years younger than me and was about 10 at the time, found my tampons and came running in to ask me what they were. Here is how the conversation went:

My brother - Hey, what's a tampon?
Me - What do you think it is?
My brother - (sniggering) Female condoms

We've never let him live that one down

Anon
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Because of a very vague explanation by my mother, I used to believe tham women made an egg every month and than flushed it.

I wish it was that easy...

rose
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When I started my periods at the age of 10 I didn't know very much about them as my parents had never really discussed it with me. I did know, however, that periods come once a month, so I assumed every period I had for the rest of my life would arrive on exactly the same day each month.

Catherine
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i was one of those horrid scab picking kids. before i figured out the reality of the whole menstral thing, i thought women could make the whole thing go away if they picked a scab and bled from somewhere else. kinda like when people say they'll make you forget all about one pain by creating another for you (like stepping on your toe).

yup
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when i was little i wanted to go into my mums bathroom, but she said i couldnt go in. so i waited outside the door and heard paper and stuff. i asked what it was an she said it was mummys nappies. so i figured that you wet yourself when you got older.

iwanttobegerman
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I saw a commercial for tampons when I was little, and it was a mysterious thing to me. I asked my mother what all of it meant and she simply replied, "You'll find out when you're older, when you become a young woman." I remembered the package in the commercial and saw it in my mother's bedroom one day. I opened it and saw the wrapped up tampons. I was utterly mystified. My cousin was having her 14th birthday around that time and I overheard my mother saying, "Kelly is turning into a beautiful young woman" I decided to make her a card and thought the best thing to draw on the card were those little tampons I had seen. I drew them all over the card. When the birthday rolled around and she opened my card, she looked very confused. I had written "You're a woman now!" on the card, surrounded by flying tampons. It was a very very embarassing day and I didn't understand why everyone thought I was rude.

Easily Amused
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I used to belive that no-one in my class had got the period.
Because it still had not happend that a girl suddenly stood up looking terrified , and then runned out of the classroom.
And there were a lot of blood on her chair..

Haavard
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When I was in primary school a friend told me that the lady teachers had different toilets to us because they got these strange things called "pyramids".

Anon
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ok.. so when my brother and I were younger, we'd play "pirates" - we had a couple of those cool flintlock pistols that we got at Mouseschwitz (Disneyland).. however, we were missing one important piece to the costume - telescopes!! All pirates needed telescopes. Well, "luckily" for us, mom was being visited by Aunt Flo, and had some spare "telescopes" in the trash!! (tampax applicators) - thinking nothing (and knowing no better) I had my brother take them out of the trash (so I wouldn't be in trouble for digging in the trash) and away we went...
Our mom saw us using them (this was well after a few months worth of use), and stopped us... I'd forgotten about the incident until sex education. Then the (embarassing) memories came back. Needless to say, I didn't ask the instructor what girls did with their "telescopes" during their time of month.

mach3
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When I was nine, I found this book in my sisters bedroom called "Your Body." I saw a picture of a girl using a tampon (cartoon ofcoarse). I told my sister that she has to give her self shots in the vagina. She started crying.

JM
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