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I’ve just written a post on a new book called ‘Flow’ all about the cultural story of periods.
What were your experiences when  starting your menstruation and how different do you think it is for today’s generation of young women?

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 6, 2009
    • I remember that day very well. I felt a horrible cramp and thought I was having stomach problems. It was late in the day so I stayed in school and then rushed home at the closing bell. I went into the bathroom and noticed the blood. I had no idea what was happening and I cried. My mom wasn’t home. She came home and heard me crying in the bathroom. When she realized what had happened, she laughed, got me a pad and a belt (remember those?) and sat me down to explain.

      I never really had bad PMS so I actually looked forward to my periods every month. It felt cleansing. Later my mom shared with me that she liked having hers, too.

      And I do believe that when women spend a lot of time together, their periods begin to happen at the same time. I’ve experienced that.




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      Jane Woods wrote Nov 7, 2009
    • What an interesting answer! Thank you. estatic




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      Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 7, 2009
    • I was the youngest child of five girls and so I was very educated about periods before my own period began.  My sisters were very helpful and provided me books to read about becoming a woman.  I was so excited for it to happen to me and I was totally prepared!

      I had a girlfriend who started her period before I did.  We were in school and we were in the restroom when, suddenly, my friend started freaking out. She told me to come into the bathroom stall.  When I did, I felt so badly for my girlfriend because she had blood all over her underwear. I calmly said to her, “You started your period!”  Then I suggested that she call her mom to bring her some clean clothes.  

      Eventually, I started my period when I was 12 years old.  Thankfully, I was at home and NOT out in public!  (Huge relief!)

      I had just finished taking a bath and I walked into my bedroom to dry off and get dressed.  I sat down on my bed to put on my underwear and when I stood up, I noticed blood on my bed.  Immediately, I checked to see if it was me who was bleeding and sure enough, I had started my period!

      I was so excited about it that I shared the good news with my entire family!  For me, it was a celebration and I was thrilled to become a woman!




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      Jane Woods wrote Nov 8, 2009
    • It’s really great to hear so many positive experiences. Thank you!




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