By: Allison Waldbeser
From soccer games to period stains, here are six first-period stories we thought you would get a chuckle from, because who doesn’t like to hear about other people's period stories?
How come this tampon won’t go in?
“It was the morning I had to go to a soccer tournament and I didn’t want to wear a pad, so I had to try to figure out how you put in a tampon. My mom was standing outside the bathroom trying to explain it to me and I think I was yelling at her! I definitely didn’t put it in the right way until the third attempt...and I’m pretty sure we were late to soccer.” – Cammie
Celebrating your first period at good ol’ Starbucks
“I didn’t tell my mom for four days, I was in 7th grade and used panty liners (like four together to make a pad) because that’s all I could find and I was too scared to try a tampon, and when I finally told my mom she took me to Starbucks to celebrate.” – Aubrey
Poop or blood?
“I got my first period when I was around 11 or 12. I was out with my grandmother and when we got home I went to the bathroom, pulled down my pants, and was like “Um...whoms’t??” because there was a big brown stain in my underwear! I honestly thought I shit my pants and just didn’t realize it while we were out. So I took my underwear and went downstairs to show my grandmother. She FREAKED and called my dad telling him how I got my period and he needed to come home. I panicked and texted my mom. She said “Yeah probably your period. Don’t freak out. Text your dad to get you some pads, you’re fine.” And that’s the story of my first period!” – Isabelle
When you and your bestie are on the same cycle
“My parents were away and my uncle was babysitting me, my brother, and my cousins. I went to the toilet oblivious to what was happening. To my surprise I found blood in my pants and freaked out! I knew vaguely of periods but felt very unprepared. I messaged my girlfriends for reassurance, and I discovered that my best friend had also started that night! We couldn’t believe it and both went through the stress together.” – Leah
Bloody family vacation
“I started my first period at 14 years old. I was on holiday in Spain. We were by the pool, and I went for a wee, and then noticed in my swimsuit something weird and brown. I asked my mum about it and she said it was my period. So we sent my dad to the local shop about a 5 minute walk away to get me some pads. My sister is seven years older than me, so luckily my dad knew what he needed to buy. If it hadn’t started on holiday I don’t think it would’ve been so memorable.” – Abigail
Saved by the mud
“It was the 3rd of October of 2011, and I was at a festival with my family wearing WHITE shorts. I happened to sit on a dirty chair and got my white shorts stained by mud. This actually hid the first vestiges of my first period, which I noticed when I got home and went to the toilet.” – Dory
What was your first-period experience? Was it funny, scary, exciting, or all of the above? Let us know in the comments below! :)
I got my period about a month ago and I was having cramps that day but didn’t think anything of it until I went to the bathroom and found brown stuff on my underwear and when I wiped i saw blood. I spent like 5 minutes celebrating cuz I always wanted it, after that I told my mum and she was super cool about it and explained some things
Mine was happened when I was in class 8th and I was around 12 or 13. I was in the school at that and that day was Saturday and I’ve to wear white dress at that time as school uniform. And at the end of the school when I was in the rickshaw and when I get down from the rickshaw and go to the home , I feel that few children make fun of me cz my white pants got red spots. And I was so embarrassed in front of all the children and I run to the home fast and tell about my mom. She calms me down and give me the pad and tell me about this thing called“Periods”.
So i had my period a few months ago and i was at a store. Then I went to the bathroom and saw a big, brown stain. On second thought I thought i poop in my pants so that made me feel so embarrassed (i did not want to tell my mom because my dad always hears what i say). But then a few weeks later, i saw red things on my underwear. (my mom was sleeping next to me).i was so scared that i had to tell my mom. My mom FREAKED OUT and called my aunt (for some reason. Plus, she called almost everybody). And thats it 😇
Hi Emilija! So glad to hear your story had a happy ending and you’re rocking your periods now! Don’t hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re curious about getting a menstrual cup, we’d love to help! :)
Oh, Sara! We’re so glad the story had a happy ending, how sweet to receive a card from your mom! :)
Mine happened during the summer of 2009 when I was one month away from turning 14. The day before my period actually happened, I had awful cramps. I didn’t think anything of it and thought I just had stomach pains or something. The next morning, I woke up and both my pajama pants AND my bed sheets were drenched in blood. It looked like I murdered someone in my sleep. I hobbled out of my room to where my mom was and she took one look at my bloody pants before grinning and hugging me. She gave me a congratulatory card later that day.
So when I started my period it was sunday and last Friday I had breakdown cause I will never get my period and that Saturday before Sunday my friends came over and I had really weird mood swings and cramps but I didn’t care and next morning I saw blood in my underwear I freaked out my legs were shaking I couldn’t believe I was really happy that moment
Thank you both for sharing your period story with us! <3
I went to the bathroom before gym class, and we were doing a gymnastics unit of all things. I noticed a brown spot on my underwear. I thought I went #2 in my pans and was rally embarrassed. Later, it got heavier and I thought it might be my period but I was with my dad and he is SUPER squeamish about these things so I didn’t tell him. I even went swimming without a tampon or cup the next day 🤢 😳. I never told my mom the first time. When it happened a month later, I decided I thought I would tell her. For some reason, I thought she’d be angry with me, but she wasn’t. We were at McDonalds, so my mom and I went to a nearby pharmacy to get pads.
I was at our boat and I noticed that when I went to the washroom, my underwear had brown marks in them. I felt kind of embarissed because I was 13 and shouldn’t be pooping in my pants. This kept happening but there was a lot of bloodthat started to come out. On the fifth day (having not told anyone yet because I thought I cut my self and I was dying) I went to the washroom. Because the toilets didn’t flush, when I left my dad came in and said to my mom “come here”. Then my mom asked if I had my period and handed me a pad.
Oh my, Charlotte! What a memorable parent’s evening that turned out to be!
It was my yr10 parents evening and I new that morning I had started my dreaded period. I felt very prepared having put a tampon in. I’m wearing dark black jeans however halfway through I notice the stain was showing I thought this isn’t good. So I’d walk around the hall meeting everyone and I’m just picturing them looking at the massive stain on my back side. After I got home I reckon I sat for an hour in the bathroom.
Most embarrassing day ever