My First Period . . . OMG There is Blood

Yes, just like a horror scene!

I rushed through the door straight to the bathroom. After some minutes, I stared with eyes wide open to a spot of blood and began to scream.

By: Manager, Marketing & Communications, Tatiana Pelaez Jimenez, BA-MSE

Let me be honest, to those schools that try to spend extra hours teaching about puberty... Make sure students attend! For me, that could have been an extra recess time. Instead, I had to learn it from my mother who explained everything to me.

I remember the first time I got my period. I had a class field trip that weekend, and I wasn't going to let anything ruin it! After a few minutes, it finally hit me. This was it! My period was coming. In a state of panic, I rushed to put on a pad. I began to scream, cry, and push stuff around, until I finally gave in to it and fell asleep.

The next day, everything was ready for my high school trip. Only one thing was missing.  My period.

I began to ask myself the questions: “Why have I not bleed? Or why haven’t I felt those cramps I’ve heard so much about?

During the whole trip it didn't come back.

I started to think maybe I was able to control it. Come to find out, I wasn't wrong about that. It seemed that my strong temper took it away for a whole entire month, until it started again properly every month after that.

The truth is anything can alter a period- a change in eating habits, strong temperament, seasonal changes, high stress levels and the list goes on and on.

One thing I did learn was that I needed to take better care of my health. Even to this day, I’ve rarely experienced cramping during my period. I ate cold foods, walked bare-footed and avoided pampering myself on those special days. Last year-almost ten years later, I had my first cramp. Since then, I now consistently feel those pains every month. As a piece of advice, take care of your health and embrace your body. Love yourself. #Be you Period.

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