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On my mother's birthday some years ago, my little brother didn't know what to give her, so he gave her a pad. He thought that it was a present, being small and covered in coloured plastic.

Muffin
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When I was little I'd see my older sister's sanitary pads in our closet. I knew what they were for, but for some reason I thought you stuck the pad to your vagina. It never dawned on me that they adhered to your underwear! I thought "how that must hurt each time you pull one off and your pubic hair is stuck to it"!!!

I also thought that when you used tampons you had to take it out each time you used the toilet, and hated how many tampons I was using each month (quite expensive for a teen using them against her mother's will...). One day, having forgotten that I had my period, I went to pee and realized that I could pee right through the tampon. Eureka! I saved a lot of money from then on...

Paula
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THE FIRST TIME I HAD MY PERIOD MY MOM HADN'T EXATCLY EXPLAINED IT AND SO I CALLED 911 BECAUSE I THAUGHT I WAS BLEEDING TO DEATH, THE EMERGENCY WORKERS TOLD ME TO STOP PRANK CALLING OR THEY WOULD CALL THE COPS.

Anon
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When I reached 15 I still did not have my period, all my friends did. I used to get frequent nose bleeds and thought that this was my period was coming out my nose.

Anon
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One time, when I still used to go to public loos with my mum, she had her periods. I didn't see her pad, but only saw the red liquid in the loo. I thought this was because she had ate too much strawberries, and because strawberries used to be (and still is) my favourite fruit, I shouted at my mum for eating strawberries without my knowing.

Anon
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Before me and my mom had "the talk" I thought if you went to the beach while on your period you could attract sharks! pretty stupid huh!

Kris
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i used to think that you pull the string on a tampon and it would roll out to make a sanitary towel

Anon
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i used to think that tampons were like parachutes and that if you pulled the string it would open up into a pad

Anon
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When I was about 2 or 3 I found some of my mothers pads. I opend some finding you could peel off the little strip on the back revealing a sticky layer. I thoght they were stickers and I put them all over the bathroom. My mother fell to her knees laughing when she found me.

I N N O C E N T
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One time when I was seven I used to think that boys also wore tampons, so I walked around with one in my underwear.

Tyler
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When I very little, I used to believe that when women would have periods, they would have it at midnight at the same time, and it would disappear the next day. I also thought that every girl carried a calender with the day they get their period marked, and if you were pregnant the baby would make you lose the calender.

Misel
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I used to think that PMS stood for "Pre Marital Sex", and was always confused as to why the girls in my 7th grade PE class had it every month.

Chris
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When my little sister and I were really young (maybe ages 6 and 4) our mom was changing the sheets on our parents' bed for laundry day and we saw a dark stain on the mattress. When we asked what it was, mom tried to skirt around explaining periods by saying, "well sometimes when you're asleep you can't control when you have a bad surprise." For probably ten years(!) we thought Mom had had diarrhea in her sleep... yes, even after we learned what periods were, we didn't make the connection!

Kelsie
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I thought that pads were pampers for woman who can't control their pee, once my elder sis was teasing me with her male and female friends at home so I angrily went to her cabinet and took a pad which I thought was pamper and went to my sis and infront of her friend I was like hey look Stacie still wears pampers.....

Lol
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I came in from a date one night to find my 12 year old sister in the bathroom. After telling her several times I needed to use the toilet, she told me she had started bleeding. Thinking Mom had told her already about menstruation, I told her she had gotten her period and supplies were in the cabinet. She still didn't come out and I asked her what was taking so long. She said she would be out when it stopped!

Anon
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When i was in like sixth grade i use to think the period was when you vomited blood for a month and then it never happened again i took sex ed a little later in the year

Lilly
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When I was young, I thought that the amount of blood that came out during your period was the size of a period at the end of a sentence and thats why it was called that. Unfortunately, I didnt find out the truth until I started my own period. Actually at first I thought I was dying and after I calmed down it came to me what was going on.

bloody mess
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when i was little i heard a tv show say that every one was in a bad mood at the trailor park because it was the 1st of the month(talking about rent due). I knew that women were suppose to be in a bad mood whenever they started their period, so for a long time I thought everyone started on the 1st of the month.

lin
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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 about 10 or 11–after I knew what getting your period was, but before I understood what the paraphenalia was for– I put my mom and sister in hysterics by asking how 'deodorant' tampons to stayed in your armpits.

summer fresh pits
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