Welcome to First Period Stories, the LOLA series where members of the LOLA community share the story of getting their first period. These accounts are funny, sweet, and sentimental, but all speak to a shared first period experience. Here is Bridget’s First Period Story:
I got my first period when I was 11 and, actually, I wanted it a lot earlier than that. During middle school, all of the girls had their periods before, so I thought I was weird. So I actually prayed to get my period. I knew that if I got my period, then I was officially a woman. Because I was so embarrassed I didn’t have it, I kind of made up this lie that I had a red dot on my panties and I thought, “Okay, that’s your period, right? It’s a red dot. That’s a period.” So, I bragged to all my girlfriends at the time. I ended up not having it for another year and then finally when I actually did have it, I did have weird cramps. I took my pants off and I saw, obviously, the red sea of death. And I’m yelling at my mom, “Mom! Mom! I got my period!” And she is ecstatic because she is a traditional African woman, and the moment that her daughter has her period, bam, she can bring out a baby. She runs from her kitchen with her phone and she’s yelling in joy and happiness. She goes, “Alright, wait right here.” I’m literally sitting on the toilet with this blood spilling out. I’m Ghanian. So in Ghanian culture, you boil an egg for your first born daughter. It’s kind of weird, where you release an egg and then you boil one to actually eat. So, my mom boiled an egg and made me eat it. Egg in Twi is pronounced kosua. So she’s like, “You must eat this kosua! You’re finally a woman!” I eat it. My mom’s rejoicing and she’s happy. And, because my mom’s a really big woman, the only pads she has are thick maxi pads to hold the flow. To this day, I would say that I’m really upset that Bridget at the time wanted it because now, it’s like, it’s not a nuisance, but I would love to go a couple years without having to worry about my period, you know?
But back then, it was a big sort of, “I’m a woman,” kind of deal.
And that was my first period story.
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