My First Period
I am 11 years old and just had my first period in April. My entire first experience was more than I was prepared for that Thursday afternoon. I came home from school and went to the bathroom like any other day. When I was finished, I wiped my bottom and saw blood. I yelled for my mom who came to the bathroom and told me to throw that paper away and wipe my vagina with fresh toilet paper. There was so much blood. My mom calmly told me - it’s your period baby girl. We then checked my underwear and my jeans and they were soiled with blood which meant this happened at school!! I was so shocked and I hoped no one saw my jeans. My mom and I had many period conversations before, which made me feel that I would be ready when my period came. I was definitely NOT ready. I even had my period kit in my book bag for this day but ended up not using it that day. I was shocked and had many different emotions. I cried because I started thinking about my clothes and if the blood would show through it at school or if the period panty would show under my clothes. I was also scared about my dance and swim classes and what I would wear. I worried about going to bed because I wasn’t sure if the sheets would get messed up. I wore my period panty to school with extra liners the following day so I felt pretty good that nothing would leak through. My mom bought me some disposable period panties to sleep in which I called my diapers because they were very padded but they helped me to sleep and not worry about the sheets getting messed up. My period lasted 7 LONG days which was the longest week of my life. By day 7, I was relieved that it was finally over and I felt that I would be ready for the next time. Hope the next time doesn't come too soon though!