When I first got my period, my blood was brown for the first month, which really confused me.
I was way too embarrassed to ask if it was normal. It took all the courage I had to announce to my mother that I had my period. I couldn’t imagine summoning the bravery to ask her if my period was considered normal.
Luckily for me, I had my answer next month, when my period changed to a normal red colour. But I was still left with plenty of other questions like how to insert tampons.
I had been given a pamphlet about periods, but that didn’t cut it for me. I wanted to know a lot of things the pamphlet didn’t cover. What I really needed was the guts to talk to my mother. But because I believed that periods were something to be embarrassed about, I suffered in silence.
My dream is that girls will have the courage to talk to their mothers (or other women they trust) about periods. Periods are a natural part of life and there’s no reason to be scared of them…. but they’re so different than everything else you experienced as a kid that a few comforting conversations can make all the difference.