Everybody has a story. Share yours.
Ending the stigma and shame surrounding periods is one of the most important steps in making lasting change and achieving equity. The more we talk about our experiences, and get comfortable talking about them, the better off we all will be.
Please feel free to interpret a “period story” in your own way. Stories might focus on a first-period experience, painful periods, or even what you are thinking if you have yet to get it. Many of you will recall a funny or even embarrassing situation. Others will want to offer a warning by providing a story of personal health or financial hardship. We welcome and are grateful for stories from people of all genders. Your period experience does not have to come from the act of getting a period yourself.
The point of this is to share our experiences as a way to de-stigmatize menstruation, teach, laugh, and simply celebrate this amazing thing some of our bodies do.
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During the beginning of the school year, in mid-September, I was at school. I'd had my period for about three months. I had thought my period had ended the night before. I was in Reading when I felt a drip. "Can't be anything," I thought. By the time Reading was over,...
One time I was swimming in a public pool, and my tampon got accidentally pulled out, and they had to evacuate the whole pool. It was mortifying. p.s. Period Stories. Everyone has a story to tell. All stories are welcome, whether or not you get or will get a period. If...
One day in junior year, I felt like looking nice for once. I wore white jeans because my period had ended a day ago (or at least that’s what I thought). In calc, first class of the day, I had to take a difficult test. During the test, I was already stressed because I...