It happens to ALL of us.
To some it was a surprise, to others it was a long awaited day.
It may be met with feelings of excitement, shame, confusion and fear.
For me it meant I was finally becoming a Woman.
Of course i’m talking about the day I first got my menstrual cycle.
My niece just experience this recently and it got me and my sister talking about our experiences.
It was the April before my 11th birthday and I was up late one night with my brother and my older female cousin.
I was wearing a white underwear and one of my dad’s old t-shirts.
YUP i remember a lot of details about that night. I was so excited. It was like a confirmation that I was now a big girl 🙂
By that time I had already been wearing a bra and I was taller than most of my grown female cousins. Like most young girls…I just wanted to be older.
It wasn’t a surprise to me. My mom had suspected it was coming soon so she and my aunt had the talk with me about what to expect. I remember my aunt showing me how to put on a pad and then she even gave me my own pack. I guess this explains my own feelings of responsibility of informing my niece of the need-to-know stuff.
See for me this day was a positive experience and I believe it shaped my overall openness and how comfortable I am with matters such as sex and my body.
All too often this day is met by many with uncertainty, surprise and embarrassment because they were never informed. Many of these women then unfortunately look at their periods as The Curse that is to be dreaded every month. They fail to realize the amazing mechanics behind it and that it means that they are now physically (though absolutely not mentally or emotionally) ready to bring forth life and that one day they will be able to bare that miracle.
As a result of open communication about it, my niece had a look of excitement on her face when she shared her special news. She was fully prepared and was not scared or embarrassed. Me and my sister even made it extra special by creating a gift bag full of girly goodies such as nail polishes, lip gloss and teen magazines.
Do you remember your first period?