How old were you when you got your First Period?
Did you ever considered what’s the average age women got their first periods throughout History? When do you think girls in the early Middle Ages got their first blood? In the Renaissance? In the Victorian Era? In the 20th Century? Today?
Bustle recently wrote an article on The Average Age Women Got Their First Period, Throughout History
First Period stories are seldom told…
Moms may share their First Kiss story with their Teen girl, but a first menstrual story? Rarely…
I was about 12 and when I got my first period.
My Mom gave me the book “A Baby Comes into the World,” a few years earlier, when she was pregnant with my brother. I was 7 at the time. Even though we looked together at the Female and Male anatomy drawings in the book, and my Mom read the book to me more than once, when the day arrived — none of that, apparently, sank in.
I found a dark brown stain on my underwear when I came home from school. I had no clue of what it could be, and decided to ignore it. I pulled my pants up thinking the stain would go away by the evening. A few hours later, not only did it not go away, but there was a LOT of it…! I called my Mom to the bathroom. She said it as my period. The book came back to me all at once! “You are a woman now,” she said, and I remember I didn’t understand what this meant… She proceeded then to strongly emphasize that I needed to wash often, be clean, make sure I have no odor when my period comes.
My Mom never said the word “Dirty,” but stressing washing and cleanliness carried a clear message: my blood was unclean. It followed that we both will discard our pads in the trash, where all dirt goes… I went on to thinking of my period as “nuisance” for years afterward, much as she did.
Most of my memories center around feeling mortified that the boys may find out I’m on my period… I remember a dream in which I was wearing white pants to school, and unbeknown to me had a huge red stain on my behind. The boys’ laughter was humiliating, and I woke up feeling deep shame. Though this was a dream, the memory of it stayed with me as if this was an actual event in my life.
I discovered the sacredness of my Moon Blood, the depth, beauty and insight that come with conscious flowing, only in my early thirties.
Having sat in circles with women and girls around the world, I found that sharing our First Period stories has a profound healing effect. Regardless of how different the details are, women resonate with each other’s stories around the globe: the feelings in them are familiar to ALL of us.
What is Your First Period Story?
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