1. Talk us through your first period, where were you? when was it? and what was your reaction?
I distinctly remember the day before my first period that I had these weird crampy pains in my tummy and I kept thinking I needed to pee. My family was staying with my cousins at the time and while we were watching a movie my mum asked why I kept going to the bathroom. When I explained the pain and thinking I needed to pee, she and my aunt shared this VERY KNOWING look at one another. They did not feel the need to fill me in on what I was about to experience!
Not long after low and behold she arrived. My first period. It was in a public bathroom. There were no pads. But there was toilet paper. After I got over the initial shock of blood coming out of an orifice I had yet to fully explore (I was 12 I think) I made a makeshift pad out of tissue paper – classic MacGyver move.
2. What is a period must have for you?
Besides the standard ibuprofen, hot water bottle and pads (I’m more of a pad person than a tampon person). I completely indulge myself. There’s no specific “must-have”, but I must have all the treats. I always have a “special period treat” which changes month-to-month. Could be my favourite biscuits, pastries, a nice bottle of Pinot Noir, all the crisps/chips, whatever my period-self fancies. I also permit myself to not work out, to be lazy, to watch whatever I want, play all the video games I want etc. and my partner is 100% on board as well. Being on your period sucks, so I absolutely spoil myself. And it’s the safest way for him to navigate the treacherous waters that are living with a person on their period.
3. What’s your most embarrassing, cringe worthy, totally funny period moment?
Thankfully all my embarrassing period moments are fairly standard! Stained sheets, stained pants, stained ego. Nothing to write home about! Although there was this one time when she decided to show up when a gyno was examining down there. But when has Aunt Flo ever been known for her excellent timing?