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when i was young the woman in the family did not discuss things like a period or sex. when i started my period i first thought i was bleeding from somewhere inside. which stood to reason because of the terrible tummy cramps i had. still i somehow knew it was something i wasnt supposed to talk about. i was in pain and like that for a day before i got back to my mother who said. thats your period already!!! (i was seven) then she sat a box of pads on the counter for me and left me to figure it out

waya
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When I first got my period, I never knew anything about it, so I thought I got a cut on my butt. I really thought I was dying.

Gina
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(at age 10)
I was at school eating lunch & I thought I had a tiny leak..Well, it turns out it was me starting my period.When I went to the bathroom w/my friend,Erica,and went into the stall and checked my pants it was all brown and I thought it was poo.I screamed for Erica,I opened the stall door and told her to get my math teacher ,Mrs.Lafavers.When she came , she talked to me cause I was crying and she got the nurse.The nurse came and wrapped a towel around me.I tried to call my Granny but she was at the doctor so my cousin brittney came and picked me up.She laughed with me,not at me,about it all the way to her house.I cant beleive I thought it was poo....

i never had the talk-Allie M.
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When I was young about 7 or 8 I was told what a period was. So the day after my 11th birthday I had to spend the weekend at my dad's house ( my parents are divorced ) well I was in my bedroom laying down on my bed and I seen the blood. I wasn't scared cause I knew what to expect. So I yelled for my dad and he came in and seen the blood and he thought I was dying. He was ready to call 911. But luckly I claimed him down and told him just to call my mom and to tell her I started my period. Well he called my mom and said "Um Shirley your daughter has started her um um um um period and um can you PLEASE come over NOW"!!! So my Mom comes and my dad is freaking out. So she came into my room and said "Congrations you have started your period so get use to it cause it'll be with you for along time". Well she talked to my dad and come to found out my dad was always told that a woman has a monthly vistor rather then the right word PERIOD. That is why my dad freaked out cause he never heard of it being called a PERIOD. And what was even worst my mom wouldn't let me come home she made me stay with my dad for a full week with my first period and my dad would have to go with me to the Drug store to buy pads. Thank God he knew what those were LOL.

Ha Ha .
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I used to believe that you got periods through your belly button, I got images of women on the beach, with blood poring from their belly buttons!
I have no idea where I got this idea from!
I used to wonder how you used to get tampons in your belly button, I even tried this once when I was ten, only to realise this wasn't possible!

x_ella_x
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My dad wouldn't let me use tampons because he thought I wouldn't be a virgin anymore. Once we were going swimming and I was on my period, so she let me use a tampon, but made me swear not to tell Dad!! My dad also thought that having a pelvic exam took away your virginity. When I was 14 or 15 I had one, and he freaked out. Finally my Mom set him straight on how one lost their virginity!! My dad was in his 30's and didn't know!!

Anon
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When I was a kid I had a napkin collection - napkins I saved from parties, holidays, etc. One day my mom and I were standing in a line of women waiting to use the restroom, when I noticed a machine on the wall that said "feminine napkins". I asked my mom for a quarter to get one for my collection, because I thought they were some kind of special bathroom napkins. I couldn't understand why my mom looked mortified and said No, or why the other women in line turned around and looked at me with little smiles on their faces.

Michelle
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i used to think that your peirod was wen anything started 2 bleed then wen i was 12 my head was bleeding i tld my mum i started my period! she explained SCUNDERED!!

lydia
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When I was about 7, I thought pads were used for when you farted and you had an "accident." I didn't learn the real use until I was about 10. My mom still makes fun of me for that. :-P

LB
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When my friend's little brother was about three, he discovered the pads under the bathroom sink. We told him that girls put them on their privates (why we would tell this to a three-year-old is beyond me). So he decided to try one on. He proceeded to strip naked and put the pad on his privates--he literally stuck it on himself. When we saw him, we couldn't stop laughing. And when we pulled it off, the look on his face...

Anon
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I used to think that women couldn't control the flow of their periods only because they never tried. I was convinced that when I got my periods I would 'hold in' the blood until I peed, then I wouldn't have to worry about spots or leaks or any of that. I still wish it could work that way :)

anon
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When I was little, I had no idea what a period was. I was really scared to have one. I really couldn't understand how someone could go all day with just a pad or a tampon. I thought that when you had your period you were peeing on yourself all day long.

Tabitha
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I didn't really know how "feminine products" worked. I had always seen tampons and maxi-pads in my bathroom as a child, but, had never asked my mom how they were supposed to be used. So, when I had my first girlfriend who admittedly had a period, she told me she used tampons. I asked her - "how do you pee with that thing in there?" and she said "you just go to the bathroom and it stays in there." I was shocked! I still didn't understand how she could go to the bathroom with a tampon in her urethra! :) I asked her if it hurt to put the tampon in where she peed -- that's when she explained to me that a tampon goes in your vagina -- NOT in your urethra!

Jerry
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(I hope this isn't offensive.) When I was 10 years old I wanted to go to the neighborhood pool with my friend. She told me she couldn't because she was "on the rag". I said to her, "Tell your mom you'll do the dishes later." I thought that "on the rag" meant that she had dish duty. Haha!

akg
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I was already confused about periods when I got to about the hymen layer in women it added to my confusion.I knew women had separate holes for peeing and sex but didn't understand if the vagina was covered with hymen layer then how would a women go through periods? From where would the blood come out if the vagina was covered! And I presumed women bled from peeing holes ;)

Poosh
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When I would see my mom's tampon applicators in the trash can, I thought they were "little toilet paper rolls" and proceeded to pick them up from the trash can. I always wondered why my mom would always snap at me to put them down.

Nicole
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My mother told me that you can't use a tampon until you are married so when I was 18 years old and in the navy I was having a period while in boot camp. I went to medical to get pads and the corpman hands me a tampon. I proceeded to tell her, "Oh, I can't use those, I'm a virgin." and She sais to me..."what the hell does that have to do with the price of eggs!"

Giulia
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when i was about 8, i used 2 drink a lot of cherry lemonade and cherry cola. when i saw something red in my pee after drinking one of them, i thought it was the cherry in the drink. after not drinking them, i stopped "peeing red". then when i was about 10, my mother told me about periods. it all made sense after that. to this day, i laugh about what i thought when i was 8 everytime i get it.

it's not the cherry lemonade?
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My brother once covered my mom's bedroom door with pads. He called them her "airplane stickers".

Raechel
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I had gotten my first period when I was 13 and I was at volleyball practice. I had felt something come out of my vagina and I ran to the bathroom and I saw all this brown stuff in my underwear. I was terrified. I thought I had a pooping problem since it was brown. I didn't even think it was my period. The thought never even crossed my mind. So, I waited about 2 days to see if it would stop and it didn't so I decided to tell my mom. I was SO relieved when I found out it was just my period.

Relieved
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