Hello, my Tribelet of Amazing Mini-Women! I just discovered that last week’s post got posted on the wrong site! ARGH!!! So here it is. Enjoy!
I’m liking those great attitudes about getting your period. I don’t usually do the whole “When I was your age…” thing, but this time I think it works: when I was 10 and found out about periods, I was secretly freaked out. I didn’t actually get mine until I was 12 1/2 so for two and a half years I lived in dread.
Of course, part of that was because no one actually sat down and talked to me about it. I found a booklet on my dresser one day after school, and that was pretty much all the information I got. So no wonder I would lie awake some nights and think, “This is going to be horrible!”
A lot has changed since then (yes, you can call them the old days if you want!). Women are more open about discussing their bodies. Which is probably why you’re doing so much better with it.
But one thing that hasn’t changed are the conversations that go on among girls at sleepovers and during PE on the days it’s raining and you’re just sitting around. When the discussion turns to periods — and somehow it almost always does — the “facts” come out that aren’t really facts at all. They’re just something somebody heard from somebody who told her who got it mixed up from some person who told HER. THOSE are the false statements that lead to the midnight freak-outs, no matter how good your attitude is. So today I want to set the record straight on those things you’ve heard that just flat out aren’t true.
“Menstrual blood is poisonous.” What? No way. It’s made by your own body!