Many people remember their first period, and for some, it was an unforgettable experience. On our journey to create the best female health companion, We reached out to the people to share their stories from that day. This article covers 10 of the best quick responses we collected as we asked about their first-period experience. 


Story 1

I got my first period the summer going into 7th grade, I was 12. I was hoping that somehow I never got my period, that it would just skip me. I was wearing white Bermuda shorts when I got it (2007 am I right???) and was crying nonstop. I ran to my mom and screamed “I WISH I WAS A MAN” to which she replied, “No you don’t, scarier things come out of penises.”

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Story 2

My first period was the day I turned 13, also the day Michael Jackson died. I was at my dad’s house and honest to god I thought I was shitting myself because the blood was brown. I kept wiping myself up and eventually stuffed toilet paper in my underwear to act as a diaper. I called my mom from my bedroom and she has to call my dad for me because I was too embarrassed to share! He then had to make a 30min trip out to Walmart to pick up pads for me and awkwardly deliver them to my bedroom door! 😂😭👌🏻

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Story 3

I got my first period when I was 12 on the bus. I was so unprepared because I went through puberty so much earlier. At 8 years old I was already trying to shave (i cut myself badly lol). The only thing I was missing was my period, so I thought maybe I was one of those girls who just wouldn’t get one. Turns out I was just underweight due to not eating enough and playing basketball on top of that. My mom threw a pad at me and said “bye gotta go to work” then my grandma called and said “congrats on becoming a woman” I said “haha I’ve been a woman”

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Story 4

I got my first period the summer between 4th and 5th grade I was 9. I woke up to blood all over my sheets with no idea what was going on and the only person home was my grandfather. He freaked lol and called my mom immediately to come to pick me up from my dad’s house.

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Story 5 

I got my first period at 13. My family and I were having breakfast with another family and I went to the bathroom. My sister came with me. I thought I pooped myself and had my sister run to get my mom. She was so happy, she announced it at the table when we got back… 😳

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Story 6

I got my first period when I was 12. For three days I didn’t even know what was happening to me. I knew what a period was, but it wasn’t what I expected and I thought I was having accidents or that something was wrong with me, so I hid it.

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Story 7

I wasn’t expecting brown blood and hid it for three days because what 12-year-old poops themselves?? I always assumed I was alone in that, but apparently, it’s a very common thing!

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Story 8

I got my first period when I was 8 years old in class, not knowing I bleed on a chair. After class, my male teacher told me to learn how to clean up after myself. I had no idea what was going on. I cried at home and begged not to go back to school.

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Story 9

I woke up on a weekend morning with blood in my panties. I was embarrassed to tell my family but excited to tell my friends. The first “person” I told was my dog, Cinnamon.

Story 10

I was home alone on vacation. I was a little scared but mostly excited to call my mom and share the news. And by the end of the call, I just started crying for no reason! Later, I got some balloons from my godparents with a Snoopy congratulations card. I actually felt embarrassed that my mom told people. Now I get it.

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