When I first started my periods they were extremely heavy but I had no idea how to control what was happening to me. I had seen quick demos on how to use a sanitary pad but no other types of period products. As a result I spend most of the school day running back and forth to the toilets to change my pad, which meant asking especially in class to leave, this wasn’t always allowed. I would wear 2 or 3 pairs of pants to try and stop leaking. I remember standing up at the end of one lesson and feeling the blood run down my legs. I was so embarrassed and luckily had a friend who could help me. I plucked up the courage to speak to my mum and explain what was going on and we talked about it together. I was so scared and ashamed. If I had received better education in first place to understand that there are different types of flow and periods impact people in different ways and that’s ok. I felt that I was weird for having heavy periods as none of my friends or sisters seemed to have this kind of experience. There needs to be better education around the types of products available and how they work. There needs to be a way that people can talk freely and not feel afraid to ask what they should do when they are struggling to control their symptoms or are confused.
Anonymous – shared by Love Your Period