What’s your first period story?
It started with a simple question. Over the last few years we’ve heard from thousands of women, and have talked to everyone from teens to doctors to teachers. One common thread has emerged: many girls don’t feel prepared for their first period.
Over 60% of women surveyed said they didn’t feel prepared for their first period.
This realization is important: your first period is the first moment on your reproductive journey when you realize there is not easily accessible information about your body and what is happening with your reproductive health.
What if, instead of feeling embarrassed, confused, anxious or unprepared, you felt positive emotions when you got your first period? What if you had a resource to turn to for answers to your questions - be it how to use a tampon or how to talk to your daughter about puberty?
Half the population experiences menstruation in their life. No matter what questions you have, or what feelings you associate with your first period, at least you can be sure of one thing: you are definitely not alone.
First period stories from the LOLA community:
“I got my first period when I was 11 on a family safari in Kenya. Needless to say, I was not expecting THAT to be the most exciting moment of our trip… The elephant that almost stampeded our tour Jeep was a close second.” — Lindsay
“When I got my first period I was on the swim team...I sat in a bathroom for an hour reading and trying to figure out how to put a tampon in before a swim meet. I didn’t put it in right and the water expanded it like crazy. It was so miserable!” — Melissa
“I got my first period when I was 11 and I was the first one in my class to get it. It started out with me thinking I had pooped a little because there was a brown stain in my underwear. It took two days of that before I realized what was happening. My mom cried when I told her. — Abigail
“I got my first period when I was 9 and I didn’t have the period “talk” yet so I didn’t know what was happening. I thought it was just a persistent cut that wouldn’t stop bleeding every once and awhile, so I actually had my period twice before I told my mom what was happening. — Sarah
“I got my first period when I was 15. I had already lied and told my friends that I got it when I was 12, because I didn’t want to be the last one in the group to get it. The only person who ever knew the truth was my mom.” — Liz