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 Rebecca’s First Period Story:
I got my period when I was 12 years old on December 23rd — and I remember that day because it was my mom’s birthday. We went to Red Lobster, my parents, my siblings, and I, and I just remember that I was not feeling well. I had really, really bad cramps and I was sweating. I went to the restroom and then, lo and behold, I got my period. I had no idea what was going on with my body. I went back outside to meet my parents at the table and then leaned over, whispered to my mom, “I think I’m dying.” And she was just like, “Wait, what? You think you’re dying?”
Then I was just like, “I don’t know what’s wrong with me!”
She went with me back to the bathroom. She’s like, “Oh! You just got your period. It’s fine.” Unfortunately, she didn’t have a pad on her, so she made me a pad with toilet paper. And then, the next day, she got me this book from American Girl. I don’t even know if they make this book anymore. I think it’s called, “Me and My Body,” or something like that, and that was my “Period 101” book. And that’s my period story.
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