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I used to believe that maxi pads were for very old ladies who couldn't control their bladder. I was shocked to see that Mom had some.

Haifa
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A while ago I was walking to the park with two of my girlfriends, three guy friends, and my 6 year old brother. There was a ripped up box of tampons on the street. My brother asked what they were. We told him that they were drugs. Then my mom drove up. My brother picked one up and ran to show her the "drugs". We havent lauged so hard, and I cant wait till he gets old enough to make that a family joke

Marissa
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When I was in 3rd grade I went to the bathroom in school one day only to discover a toilet filled with blood. I was mortified and ran out of the girl's bathroom. I thought that someone had died or was murdered in the stall and never told anyone because I was afraid that the killer then might come after me. Imagine my relief when I learned about periods.

Nicole
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When I was little, I thought that periods lasted only a half an hour, where you'd bleed out copious amounts of blood all at once. I also thought that babies came out of your belly button! What an odd kid I was, before I discovered the internet.

Nikki
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i used to think that PMS stood for "pregnancy morning sickness".

confused little girl
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My mom never told me what a period was. Whenever I asked her what the pads she had were for, she told me they were to keep her pants from getting dirty. I wasn't sure what they got dirty with, but I didn't think much of it, just that my mom had a bladder problem (lol).

One day when I was about 9 or 10, I went on the internet, and I read about periods, and it was total news to me. Since I had no knowledge of periods before that, I thought that once you got your period, it would never stop and you'd keep bleeding until you died. So I was terrified, until our Personal Development class that year.

Anon
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I was a early bloomer and when I was in the 5th grade I started my period and thought it was because I drank red fruit punch all the time and that i was drinking so much it was leaking out of me. It wasn't until I was 12 that I actually understood what was going on.

Anon
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Not mine, but the little brother of a friend.
We were playing with our dolls at the time, and one of the kids had somehow got a hold of a box of tampons and filled the back of a toy car with them.
Upon discovery, my friend's youger sister asks "What are those for?". Her brother answers enthusiastically, "You're meant to eat them!".

We spent an awkward few minutes convincing him not to do it.

Steph
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When I was little I believed that periods were contagious and the next person that went in the toilet would get it

Jessie
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Okay when I was younger I happened to catch an episode of Roseanne where the daughter was all pissy and mentioned getting her "period last night." I had no idea what that was, so one day at dinner, I ask out loud "Mom, what's a period?" Her boyfriend looked up and goes "The dot at the end of a sentence." Now, I knew that wasn't it, but I didn't press the matter.

A couple days later I was in the bathroom when mom started getting ready for a shower. She took her pants off and I saw a string hanging from her ladyarea, and I was like "Mom, what's that?" and she goes "That's my period." So for like, years after, I thought the period was when a string hung from your lady part. Haha

Lea
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I used to believe that if you were a girl and you touched yourself, ahem "down there", you wouldn't end up getting your period or it would get delayed for a really long time.

I thought this when I was around 9 or 10. When I was 12, I dissapointedly found out how wrong I was.

Some girl.
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My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years so our conversations are pretty no-holds-barred. I had my period at the time and had to go pee. He asked me if I needed my purse, when I told him 'no' he looked confused. He then said 'how do you pee if you don't take the tampon out?'. He's 25.

Anon
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I used to believe that sanitary napkins were for the working women. If she got so busy at work and didn't have time to go to the bathroom she could just pee in the pad and keep going

Anon
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I used to think that period blood was the wasted blood of the unborn child that girls didn't get to have because they didn't have sex to make it.

When I started my period, I seriously, and literally looked at the pad and said, "I'm sorry you didn't get born this time. But one day."

Not as Stupid as I Look
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Due to all of the commercials showing how sanitary pads absorb wetness and keep women dry, for the longest time I thought that periods were simply women peeing on themselves.

Thought this for years. :-(

Lady at Last
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I used to believe... if you were a teenager and got a tampon wet by placing it under a running faucet (in the bathroom specifically), it would start bleeding.

Menstruating Misses
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I used to believe that 'menstruating' meant meditating while sitting in water.

Anon
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I used to believe that the "feminine product" machines in the public bathrooms contained tootsie rolls and gum. So I always used to ask my mom for a quarter so I could get a tootsie roll... not knowing that it was really a tampon.

Kim A.
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My friend Lauren was totally misinformed about periods. We were talking about puberty one day, and I told her about my friend who'd been on her period for a few years. Lauren was like, "What's wrong with her?" I was like, "Huh?" And she then proceeded to explain how girls only had their period for one year after they started. (Mind you, she was 10 at the time and already knew about sex and everything.) Anyhoo, I told her that no, girls had their periods until they were about 50-60. Lauren argued that her mom didn't have a period and she was only 35. Then, out of nowhere, Lauren's 16 year old brother (who had been listening to our conversation all that time) said, "Yeah, well, mom's had a few operations." An embarrassing way to find out, but at least Lauren now knows the truth before she starts her periods.

Maggie
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When I was young, I thought Menopause was a button on the VCR

JWags
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