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when i was little i thought that your period was some kind of bladder disease. i used to make fun of the girls advertising pads on tv,because i thought they had the bladder disease and had to wear pads to keep their underwear dry. bad thing is,one christmas,while the whole family was at my house i yelled at the tv and now i know why everyone was laughing at me.

rhandi
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I used to think that my mom's pads were slippers. i put the sticky side on my feet and walked around in them with the wings taped to the side.

Little Girl
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When my family and I where at a very nice restaurant,I chose to eat spagetti.It was really messy and I needed a napkin.I was like "Mommy I need to use the restroom."She was too busy talking and just simply pointed to where it was.I was like 7 so i felt like I was finally a big girl.Well earlier my mom gave me 50 cents to get something out of the quarter machines and what I got was something only worth a quarter,so I had a quarter left over.I had just began to learn to read and saw the word napkin in the bathroom. I used my 25 cents and wiped the spagetti sauce off and shoved the"napkin" in my pocket. When the waiter came to pick up our plates he asked me if I was done with my plate, I was like wait heres my napkin.I reached in my pocket and pulled it out and put it on the plate. Every1 at the table cracked up laughin, the waiter wasnt to happy!

Kirby
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I can't remember if this was a dream or not, but once when I was young I had a particularly nasty stomach-ache. I had seen an ad for a pill to stop pain during periods and surmised that a period was a bad stomach-ache. I went up to my father and said "Dad, I'm having a period." I couldn't think why he was laughing.

Guys don't have periods. Full stop.
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When I was very young while my parents were entertaining a large group of guests at a party in our home I had gotten into and removed the wrappers of some of my moms tampoms. after walking into the middle of our living room where everybody was. I was carrying the opened tampons with strings hanging out, and getting everyones attention my mom screaming what the hell I was doing. I shouted that i had found some sticks of dynamite. As everyone bursted out laughing. Embarrassed my mom quickly took the tampons and me into another room and yelled at me... I still hear about this incident to this day...HAHa

bill c. Buffalo,ny
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when i first started my period nobody had told me that it was a normal thing for girls to go through. things like that just weren't talked about. so every month when i started to menstrate i thought i was dying of cancer.

christy
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When I was younger, I saw a commercial for pads where the woman was at some party and it was like "I was so embarressed because I leaked, I had to go home with a jacket wrapped around my waist." I thought that it ment that the woman had to go to the bathroom..and the line was so long, she accidentally wet herself, and so with the new maxi-pads, she wouldn't have to wait in line!
After I saw that, My dad,mom,my brother and I were at a gas-station and were waiting in line for the one person bathroom..my dad and brother had to pee really bad, and I didn't want them to be embarressed if they wet themselves..so I screamed "Daddy, we should get you some maxi-pads!"

Okay, so yeah..my mom had to have a little chat with me afterwards.

Kate
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I used to believe period blood came from the nipples. I thought that was what "padded bras" were for!!

Anon
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When I was i kid, my mother used to send me to the store to buy he sanitary napkins.She would give me an envelope with a note and money in it.When I got to the stor,the woman would read the note, go in the back room,and come out with a wrapped up box. I thought my mother was a spy for many years!
Matthew


matthew
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a few months ago i was babysitting a young girl. i had set my purse down and had gone off to make the dinner for a moment. when i came back she asked me "what are these?" and had taken out my sanitary napkins and was examining them closely. i didn't know what to do, and i didn't think it was right for me to give her the birds-and-bees talk without her parents consent, so i told her they were surprises. she took this to mean that they were wrapped gifts. after all, they were wrapped in pink paper! i have never seen a kid so dissappointed when i told her she couldn't open them.

Kate!
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I had always known about periods (older sister), but I wasn't too familiar with a tampon.
One day, me and my friend Brett were hanging out in my friend's room. We found a box of tampons, and without really reading to see what they even were, we thought it'd be a fun little idea to take a few out, and play with them a little. So, still without knowing what the heck a tampon was, i took two and taped them to Brett's ears as EARRINGS! He wore them into the living room, where our friend's mom was having a party!!!! We were so embarrassed when we really found out what they were. LOL!

Funny
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My friend who first got her period was in 4th grade. One day in the lunch line she told me that her mom told her that she got her peroid. I thought that her mom went out and bought her this thing. So I went home, and asked my mom if she would buy me a period.

Anon
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Unlike myself woth my own children, my mother was very coy about explaining anything period related. I remember her unpacking the shopping one day and spotting a pack of sannies. I asked her what they were, she didnt answer so I asked her if they were disposable nappes, (similar sized packet in the early '80s),she said they were. This I had to think about as my younger brother was well out of nappies and had only ever used disposables on holiday anyway. So I decided that the only person who could be wearing the nappies was my dad. I asked my mum and again she agreed, (my dad has always been the butt of the jokes on my family), and naturally, as a trusting and innocent 7-year-old, I believed her.

Next day I went in to school and stood up at 'news time' and announced to the claas that my mum was putting my dad back in nappies.

Fruitpuree
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I would have been about 6 years of age the first time i saw my mother wearing a pad. I could see the bulkiness and outline through her granny panties, and a diaper pin stuck through near the top of her panties. Because my mom used cloth diapers on us, i believed that she was wearing a real babies diaper and i proceeded to ask her why she wasn't wearing rubber pants. I just remember how she laughed and explained to me that they weren't diapers.

Diane J.
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This the kind of story I could always visualize Joan Rivers telling but this really happened to me.

My mother had never explained anything about sex to me and when I was twelve years old I had to go into the hospital to have my tonsils removed. While under anesthetic my period started and when I came to, I was a bloodly mess.
I thought that either the doctor didn't know where my tonsils were located - or
obviously, I didn't.

To this day I still have more than the usual, terrible fear of surgery.

Jeanie
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When I was about 12, I believed that boys had periods too. I read in a Child
Craft book about boys and masturbation.
I thought that girls periods was called Menstruation; and they called what the boys had masturbation.
I told all my friends this. I was so embarrassed

Melanie
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When I was little, I heard some kind of commercial that mentioned a "menstrual cycle". I got very excited, because I thought it was some kind of bicycle. Like, first you ride a tricycle, then training wheels, then a two wheeler, then a menstrual cycle. I soon learned the truth when I asked my dad for a "menstrual cycle" for my birthday at age 9.

Lara
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I was over a friend house once, and her moms boyfriend was spending a long time in the bathroom. My friend then told me that she thought he had his comma. In her mind, if a woman got a period, and man would get a comma.

Diane
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My mom had to go across the road to our recently divorced neighbour to explain to him that sanitory towels with wings he was using weren't for cleaning windows

Beth (aged 18)
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when i was in the 5th grade, i got my first period, my mom hadnt yet talked to me about that so i didnt know that only girs got periods, i didnt have a pad or tampon of corse so i just walked up to a guy friend of mine and asked him for a pad.

confused
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