Exploring Period Panties As A Menstruation Alternative
I was 12 years old when I had my first period. I was not excited about it at all. I remember sitting thru sex education and learning about menstrual cycles and being in complete disbelief that the women in my life bled once a month. Well now was my turn. I had horrible cramps during my cycles and had to take Tylenol daily for the 5 days of my cycle. My asthma medication caused me to have clots so every month I would feel like I was giving birth at least one of the 5 days while the clot was passing.
My mom was great because she had prepared me so I knew where the sanitary napkins were when I saw the blood I was in shock but I quickly figured out I was really a BIG GIRL NOW!! My mother did not allow my sister and me to use tampons. I think she was worried about Toxic Shock Syndrome. I was usually the only Black girl in my class, most of the girls I went to school with used tampons and I always felt like I was wearing a diaper with sanitary napkins. I heard about other kids have celebrations when they got their first cycle. We didn’t do anything celebratory. I don’t remember ever really talking about it too much.
Five days a month I wished I wasn’t a girl because it came every month like clockwork. I was horrible about recording my cycle so it was usually a surprise when it came. I didn’t have any concept of it usually comes this date or late in the month. I never kept track like you are supposed to.