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I usedto believe that Maxi pads were to soak up underarm sweat. I was shocked to find out their real use at a Mother daughter night in the 5th grade.
I used to think (until age 14) that when you had your period, the blood came from your boobs. That's why, when you were old, your boobs would "sink" to the ground (because they lost so much blood!). Thank goodness for metapause!
I used to believe that period pads were aeroplane stickers and thinking that they were really pretty, used to colour them in and stick them up everywhere.
When I was little, my mom kept a box of sanitary pads in her dresser. I had asked what they were and she told me napkins and I'd be able to use them in a few years. One night we didn't have table napkins for dinner and I said, "mom, you want me to get those napkins out of your dresser drawer?"
Upon discovering my mom brought these strange new (to me) tampons into the house it scared me greatly.
On shopping trips I would return home and help empty the shopping bags, only to discover a box of tampax...I grabbed the box and ran around the house shouting 'Moms brought TNT, shes gonna blow the house up!'...parents slightly blushed about the whole affair, my mom took them off me. Upon me asking her what they were for, she replied 'I'll tell you when your older'...older as I am now, she never told me, I might have to ask her one time to see the look on her face.
When I was 3 or 4 I learned about menstruation from an exhibit at the science museum. It went into plenty of detail about how the womb's lining drips out the vagina for a week, but it didn't mention that there are little wearable products specially made to catch the drip. So for the next few years I believed that a period was a once-in-a-lifetime event where a woman has to spend the entire week on the toilet.
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!"
When i was little i was fully convinced that a period was just a time during the month that my sister was grumpy.
Being an 11 year old with to much knowledge for her own good, I was little disturbed when my friend walked up and told me she had started masturbating...I found out later she meant menustrating.
when i was little i thought girls wore maxipads in their bras so their boobs didn't leak.
This is actually my mom's story but... when she and her sister were little, they were in the restroom and saw one of the tampon/pad dispensers. They went on for about ten minutes on how they thought sanitary napkins were for people who were too uptight to use the normal paper towels for there hands and they needed individually wrapped napkins. lol
when i was little i found my mom's pads in her bathroom and i thought they were diapers...I thought how cool!! and then one day when we were about to go on a long ride in the car i thought what a perfect oppurtunity to ask my mom to use one. when i asked her she was like what the heck are you talking about? to this day i never snoop around in her bathroom
I once saw blood in the toilet and i thought aliens were coming through the toilet killing people
When I was young I thought your periods started when you had sex, and I also thought no one had sex before getting married.
I used to shudder as I imagined myself buying my first box of tampons after my honeymoon and wondered why women wanted sex at all if their periods started after!
My mom one day had her period in the toilet and I asked, "What's that? Why is your pee red?" and she told me it was mommy juice and once I become a mommy I will get it too. I seriously believed that even when I knew what a period was. Then, when I was 9 I made the connection. LOL
Not my own belief, but I had a boyfriend who used to think that all the women in the world had their periods at the same time.
When I got my period for the first time my aunt told me that during my period if I sat next to any boys I would get pregnant! I refused to sit next to my uncle,cousins,dad,brother for the longest time!!!!!
When my mother first told me about periods (I was maybe five or six) she said, "You first start your period around eleven or twelve. You go through menopause in your 40's." I took this to mean that once you started your period you had one, continuously, until you reached menopause. I was very suprised when my first period stopped (I even went so far as to ask her if anything was wrong with me). My mother says she was shocked to discover I not only had I developed this odd idea, but that I hadn't been upset about it at all! I just figured, since my mom told me it was natural, I'd just go with the flow (no pun intended).
when i was about 5 or 6, a friend and i used to draw litle faces and ears on tampons and pretend they were mice. I could never understand why her mum wouldnt let me take my little rodents friends home with me, and was filled with disgust when my friend whispered that it was because after i left, her mum was goin to "stick them up her minge.."
This is about my friend. In primary school my friend found a sanitary towel on the floor. He thought it was an eye pad and ran around the school with this on his eyes!