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I shared a bedroom with my older sister,and one day I found a box of strange white things in her closet. Later,I was going outside to roller skate when she screamed "Stop her!" and my mother had to tell me to take off the two sanitary napkins I had tied around my legs - as knee pads!
I used to think my mother's tampons were air fresheners (they were the deodorant kind) and would hang them in my barbie's house. My poor mom found them once and was completely shocked! Poor woman, seeing her tampons (unused of course) hanging all over the place!
When I was around 6 years old, I was sitting in my mothers car while she was grocery shopping. I found a tampon on the floor that had fallen out of her purse and not knowing what it was, I unwrapped it. Upon seeing the "Tail" I thought I was in luck! A pet mouse! But it was a secret pet mouse! I had it for I don't know how long before I found it missing from my room. Boy..the wonders of make believe friends! lol
When I first got my period at 13, I didn't know anything about the female reproductive system. When I started passing clots of blood (pieces of uterine lining) with my period, I thought they were pieces of the baby that I would have had if I'd had sex. I'd look at it and try to figure out if it would have been an arm or a leg or something.
I used to believe that the blood that came out during a woman's period was the blood that would go in a baby's veins if she were pregnant. I sort of understood the connection between not having periods if you're pregnant, but as for the rest, I didn't have it exactly right.
when I was about 13ish I was talking to a friend about periods and things and she commented how painful it was to change her sanitary towel, which confused me but after some explanation I realised that she was actually sticking the adhesive side to herself!!! ouch. I kindly told her the right way in doing it!
I was horrified when my first period arrived. It wasn't blue, like in the commercials for sanitary towels.
When i was younger i thought that ,due to witnessing the absorbent tests on t.v , that sanitary towels were actually like in soles for your shoes to prevent sweating!!
it made sense until i asked my mum why she didn't wear these amazing products. The truth is embarrassing!!
when i first got my period i thought it was only going to last for one day. On the third day i thought i was going to die, but i didn't tell anyone, so i tried to stay seated for as long as i could so i when i died it wouldn't hurt when i fell over.
My little cousin was caught sticking panty liners all over the window. When my auntie found her it turned out that she saw an advert on tv talking about 'wings' and wanted to see them fly.
My Mum used to be a huge Gloria Estefan fan, she ended up being the ultimate woman in my head cos Mum loved her! So when Mum told me about periods and what happened, she said that every woman had them....to which I replied....'Even Gloria Estefan?!' To my dismay I've never lived it down :)
When I was little I used to believe that Tampon applicators were made so girls could stand up and wee like boys!!! I still think it's quite a good idea...
at about age 9, a friend told me that each month - at the exact same time each month - women lay eggs which are then cleverly caught by Tampoons (cloths with a dip in the middle for the laid egg). I can vividly recall my horror and remained convinced of my imminant egg-layage for another 3 years.
My mother told me about menstruation when I was 7 or so. Mindful that this was the same woman who had previously sold me a bill of goods about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, I assumed that she was lying through her teeth.
When my younger brother was around 8 or 9 years old, he was curious and read the directions inside a box of tampons. For years he believed tampons were for cleaning out your butt because of the illustration on the directions.
At age six, my mum made a bit of a mess of explaining the birds and the bees to me. I asked her if you could get periods anywhere and she said yes. Of course rather than thinking that you could get them in any place that you went, I thought you could get them in any part of the body. Every nose bleed or cut on my knee was a potential period for the next two years until sex ed put me straight!
When I was 12 I stayed over at my mates house. Her little brother was 7.
In the afternoon her mom came back from shopping, put all the groceries away, and left all the toiletry stuff in a plastic bag ready to put upstairs. My mates little brother rushed in from outside and had fallen off his bike. He had a big graze on his forehead.
his mom had popped around to see a neighbour, so when he asked where the plasters were, we told him to look in the plastic bag on the stairs.
He did look a prat with a sani pad stuck to his forehead as he went back outside to play with his mates......
classic comedy moment.....
In the fourth grade the girls had to watch the "period movie". In the movie it mentioned that "soon after you start to get pubic hair.. your period will follow." So I thought that if I shaved it off I would never get my period. I would shave it often with my fathers razor in the bathroom. To this day ... he doesn't know.
when my dad and his sister were teenagers he would see her eyelash curler on the counter near the sink. untill he married my mom, he was convinced that the eyelash curler was a tampon remover!
When I was 7 years old I found some pads under the bathroom counter. I thought they were knee pads. All the neighbors had a good laugh to see me riding my bike up and down the street with sanitary napkins stuck to my knees and elbows.