I was in about the 5th grade, and out of all places to get it, I was at my grandparent’s house. Luckily enough, I was having a sleepover with my aunt who is relatively close in age with me (we’re 2 years apart) so I had a helping hand. I don’t have any sisters, which made her the go-to person whenever I had girl-health-body-related-issues.
I woke up and went to the bathroom where I saw a spot of blood on my undies. I was so overwhelmed that I began to cry. In my head I was like
"I’m way too young to get my period!!!!!!! This isn’t supposed to happen until the 7th grade on my 13th birthday at 12 o’clock on the dot where I would have a ceremony with a cake made out of pads and tampons as candles!!!"
Maybe the last part was a bit exaggerated…however, that was one of the many myths I believed in - that if you got your period at an early age, something was wrong with you. That’s not true. It’s could be a sign of “precocious puberty.” Health expert Sandy Knauf explains it more in-depth on this UbyKotex forum.
I walked out of the bathroom in tears, as my aunt began to comfort me and handed me my very first pad. I think the tears stopped after that. It was like getting the keys to my first car, except they were keys to my menstrual cycle…
Yeah, I don’t know why I just said that.