I started my period when I was 9 years old. My primary school did not believe me, claiming I was saying so for ‘attention’ and ‘copying my sister’ . I was really scarred for P.E. because we all changed in the same classroom, boys and girls, I was really embarrassed and worried. The school refused to believe me until my mum took me to get a doctor to assess me and write a note. It still sticks with me because they made me feel ashamed of my period by changing on my own in the staff toilet after that and the teachers acted a huge burden, and not being believed really knocked my confidence.