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19 Things That Will Take You Right Back To Your Very First Period

Remember finding out that it was nothing like the nice blue liquid in the ads?

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1. If you got your period before all your friends, you became the source of all wisdom in your group.

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"Gather round, friends, and I shall tell you how terrible cramps feel."

2. Or, if you were the LAST one of your friends, you had to reassure yourself that EVERYTHING WAS FINE.

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Everyone is different.

3. And you demanded to know everything they knew.

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This was gonna be a big moment, and you needed the deets.

4. Just before your first period came, you probably felt some inexplicable rage.

Most of puberty comes with inexplicable rage.
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Most of puberty comes with inexplicable rage.

5. Maybe you felt a bit woozy, and couldn't explain why.

"Am I getting sick??"
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"Am I getting sick??"

6. And then, suddenly, it was there.

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7. Even if you were well prepared for The Big Moment, the way it looked still might have taken you by surprise.

"Oh my god, it's happened."
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"Oh my god, it's happened."

8. Whether or not you knew what it was, you may have been freaked out by the consistency.

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It's just nothing near that pure blue liquid in the commercials. Nothing at all.

9. If you WEREN'T prepared for what was coming...you probably thought you were dying.

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"I'm only 12, it's not fair, I had so much more life to live."

10. Your first clot may have taken you by surprise in a big way.

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This was probably your first moment of fear that everybody could see what was happening.

11. And your first cramps...were difficult to handle.

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"Wow, so this is my life now? For the next few decades? Cool!"

12. You hadn't expected pads to feel so much like a diaper.

Could people see it? Could they hear it swishing?
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Could people see it? Could they hear it swishing?

13. Trying to use a tampon for the first time was, needless to say, a stressful moment.

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You didn't quite know...where everything...was. And which direction it went. And how far.

14. And the first time you tried to take a tampon OUT may have required some exploration.

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No matter what your teachers, friends, and parents told you, you of course feared it could get stuck alllll the way up inside your body, forever.

15. Then came the questions and new concerns.

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Sharon from the year above told you you can have babies now, and oh my god, can it just happen?? Like, you're walking to school one day and BOOM, nine months pregnant!

16. You'd heard a lot in TV and films about how women on their periods loOOooOoove chocolate...so you definitely used it as an excuse.

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"MUM, DAD, YOU HAVE TO BUY ME CHOCOLATE OR I'LL DIE."

17. And you definitely compared your first period to your friends who already had theirs, to see how you all compared.

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It was probably surprising to find out everyone's a liiiittle bit different.

18. But most of all, you couldn't believe how tiring it all was.

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Once the excitement wore off, it was mostly just a bloody, exhausting mess.

19. And finally, just when you thought your first period was over...it wasn't.

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Like an old friend, it came right back and caught you by surprise. RIP whatever pants you were wearing at the time, and all those sadly lost in the years since.