My name is Dorothy and I am 15 years old.
My name is Patsy and I am 15 years old.
How old were you when you got your first period?
Dorothy: I was 13 years old.
Patsy: I was 14 years old.
Tell us about your first menstruation experience. How did you feel? Did you speak to anyone about it? If so, who did you ask?
Dorothy: I woke up and my bedsheet were covered in blood, I was very sad. I went to crying to my mother, who told me it was normal.
Patsy: I had a very bad stomach ache, I asked my friend what was happening and what I should do, she told me to go to the sick bay at school. They gave me some tablets, a pad and told me to go and bathe and then to go back to class. They said it was normal.
Did you know what was happening to you?
Dorothy: Yes I knew! I had seen my sister holding a pad and she would not tell me why, so I asked my mother who told me about it.
Patsy: I know also, my friend had told me.
How do you manage your periods, what do you use?
Dorothy: I use the reusable and disposable pads, we were given the reusable pads by an organisation.
Patsy: I use reusable and disposable pads too.
From the knowledge you have now about menstruation, what would you tell other girls who have just started their periods?
Dorothy: Yes, I would tell them about menstruation. I advised my friend who was crying because she saw the blood and thought she was dying, so I advised her that it was menstruation and it was normal! I would also tell them to abstain from sex as now you can become pregnant.
Patsy: I would tell them to seek a medical doctor or I would advise them. I would encourage them to go to school. I would also like to encourage local leaders to connect these seminars.
Dorothy: Yes, we can connect them as they has properties to help others.
Patsy: I would beg him to connect the youth so they do not get worried. We would ask the women counsellors.
Dorothy: It is important to learn from organisations as mums can be ashamed, they fear when the girls get their periods. Can Irise come back?!