A Text Message, 2006


It was a Wednesday night, American Idol was going to be on. My mother was laying on the couch half asleep.

I had just turned ten years old in November. I wanted my period so bad. My best friend Paedrin had gotten hers the month before, and my friend Kassy had gotten hers in December. At the age of 10 I was already a C-cup starting to get an hourglass shape. I looked the most mature out of all my friends but I still hadn’t gotten my period.

I got up to go to the bathroom and discovered a red spot on my fairy underwear. “So I guess I got my period” were the exact word I said out loud as I sat there on the toilet. When I looked under the sink to find a pad all I could find were big bulky pads that my sister liked to use that were about an inch and a half thick (seriously, that pad could have been used as a pillow!). I skipped American Idol that night. I went to my room and I text messaged my sister: “I started”. A minute later my sister calls me to congratulate me and make sure I found a pad. Suddenly, I started crying. I don’t know why. Maybe because I knew things would change. I’m not quite sure.

The next day I went to school in my favorite jeans, and I was walking very weird. I hate the feeling of blood gushing out. I always think it’s going to overflow. I went to the nurse saying I felt sick and went home. My mom could tell something was up. When I got home I just lay down. I was so glad I didn’t have to worry about blood overflowing and everyone finding out about my dirty secret. I fell asleep for a while, and when I woke up, my mom came in the room telling me that she was going to the store to get some stuff for me. She returned with a big bag. She sat on the edge of my bed and said, “A mother can always tell,” then dumped the bag onto my bed. She explained the different kinds of pads and tampons and how to use them (even though I already knew because of the embarrassing video we watched the year before). My mom was so happy that I had started my period but didn’t realize that I had actually started it the day before. She tried to comfort me best she could.

The next day I went to school for two class periods before going home. I was just too uncomfortable at school. My mother and I went out for lunch to celebrate.

Every year, the 6th grade goes on a field trip to Catalina Island for four days of hiking, snorkeling, learning about marine biology, fish and the history of the island. And I was prepared. Three of my friends went on their periods and hadn’t brought anything. They were all too scared to ask the counselors because it would be too embarrassing. They heard that I had brought supplies and came to me immediately. It was the last day of the trip so my stuff was packed and ready to be put on the boat. I quickly went into my bag and got out the big plastic bag. My friends looked at me like I was crazy because I practically brought a whole store of feminine products. But they were all very happy that I brought supplies. My mother had told me to always be prepared in case someone might need it.

—Maddy, California

Maddy enjoys sleeping, hanging out with friends, and going to beaches with really cold water.


46 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Cassidy

    I can totally relate to the being uncomfordable at school thing! I was terrified my first period…And I waddled like a duck…

    rachel Reply:

    I had just started going to an all girls school a couple months before i got my first and it was on the weekend. i knew it was going to last at least through monday but i was cool about it. i was even a little excited cause remember “we’re all girls”
    (by the way the school is really fun and we’re all friends. its not boring like it sounds.)

    July 1st, 2009

  2. krissy

    when i first got my period, i went to get a pad and they felt so uncomfortable because they were so big. i through that one in the trash and went for another one, but there was no more. what was i gona do.???????!!!!!!!

    July 1st, 2009

  3. jordan

    i also just got my period and i can totally relate to bad feeling about what is going to happen at school with my period. and i can also relate to the whole pads feel so big and uncomfortable thing.

    July 1st, 2009

  4. Tiffany

    lol when I got mine I was on spring break so I didn’t have to go to school! I was so happy! But then a month later it came back and I had to go to school….let’s just say that gushing feeling is so NOT something I like to feel…lol

    Maddy Reply:

    i no i hate the gushing feeling. it makes me feel like the blood is running down my pants but i feel soo uncomfortable wearing tampons. like i wore one today and i was just uncomfortable all day.

    July 7th, 2009

  5. Jordan

    Hey! I’m not the same Jordan as befor!! haha.
    but it must be nice having an older sister to help you…
    I just have an older bro! haha.
    but it’s true that mothers know, and my mom was so happy too when i got my period! haha.

    Brittany Reply:

    My mom and sister laughed at me:/ Then my sister made a big show of being annoyed that she had to lend me a pad. And to top it all off my older brother asked what they were laughing about and my mom told him! Worst Christmas EVER!

    Maddy Reply:

    it dusnt have to be an older sister. im just lucky im close to my older sister. but it cood just be someone that is like a sister to you. or your best friend! or your best friends older sister! hahah

    July 8th, 2009

  6. Haylee

    I remember when i first got it i was starting 6th grade i was like freaking out and i texted my mom and she was like y didnt u just come down stairs and tell me and i told her that textin was easier and some times and really like all the time i wish i didnt start. It Is NOT FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8th, 2009

  7. Cassidy

    Hi im not the same cassidy as the cassidy in the first comment lol um great story thanks for sharing it!

    Maddy Reply:

    thanks hahah. i think its alot easier for other people to share there stories wen you share your own!

    July 12th, 2009

  8. Jessica

    I remember when I first got my period, I was thirteen and didn’t think anything of it. I went to the bathroom that day and realized “I started.” I was worried about telling my mom but she has had two of her daughters (my older sisters) go through the same thing so she knew I was going to start soon. She bought me pads and tampons. I felt like I was wearing a diaper the first time I wore a pad (which was to school, lucky me right?) I also waddled…

    I still haven’t gotten used to the gushing feeling sometimes but you learn to deal with it. When I was younger I wanted my period soo bad, now that i’ve gotten it for almost a year, I just want it to go away! Haha.

    July 13th, 2009

  9. Morgan

    omgg i love thiss storyy!

    Maddy Reply:

    u like my story? why? mine isnt even that intersting!

    July 13th, 2009

  10. Nichole

    That was a good story.. I have been getting my period for 6 years now and at first it was horrible! The cramps and bloating and headaches and the mood swings ugh! But after having it for so long you get used to it all and learn how to manage it in any situation. I could definitely live without it though lol..

    July 19th, 2009

  11. Nicole

    Its not that bad you get use to pads pretty quick i had my frist period over summer so i had a little while to get use to it but i can tell how you would think its uncomfortable but it is for a little bit and then you have fun with everyone else and you forget about it. Just remember to keep a little bag in you backpack so once you need a new pad you’ll have one!

    July 20th, 2009

  12. Jill

    i texted my mom too haha

    Maddy Reply:

    i texted my sister saying it. my mom just figured out the next day

    July 21st, 2009

  13. Laur

    I cried too and i didnt know why :O

    July 22nd, 2009

  14. hiya! my name’s lindsey, and i’m sixteen. i remember when i got my first period, so i’m going to tell you my story, kay? well, it was during eighth grade, and i was fourteen. i was with my two bestfriends, allie and taylor; we were in social studies and i started hurting. (i’d already started, but i didn’t know it at the time being) so i went into the restroom, and pulled down my panties and shorts. ahh! there was a ton of blood, some old and some new. it was yucky, honestly. i had my cell on hand (as usual) so i texted taylor \hey, tay, will you come to the restroom and bring me a couple of pads?\ i had my purse with me, like all times. luckily, taylor had already started, and she always carried extras. she came into the restroom and gave me them, and i started to cry because it hurt really bad (the cramping, not the period) and tay comforted me. i didn’t call my mom because i thought that would be too embarrising, so i stayed in the restroom, and i sent taylor back to class to tell our teacher, mrs. lundy, to call my mom. after a couple seconds, my mom texted me; \baby, it’s okay. i’ll be there in a few minutes to check you out for the day\ when my mom and i got in the truck, i told her how bad i felt, and how tired i felt. we went to get lunch, and that’s when i noticed that i had a huge stain on my faded blue-jean shorts! i was so embarrassed, and i asked mom if we could eat in the car and nodded toward my shorts, she understood. mom’s are great at this stuff, by the way. so, we ate in the car. subway was the place we went to. after eating, i felt a little better. i was texting taylor the whole time, too. we went home, and i started to cry again in my room. my mom didn’t hover over me, she left me in there to get my emotions out. i felt like a different person. after feeling better, i walked into the living room and watched tv with her and my baby sister, jill. i felt bad for her, because she would have to go through this one day too. after a few hours, i didn’t cramp! finally, i thought. my period is thick and heavy, so i wear maxi pads. yes, they’re huge, but they get the job done! :)

    July 26th, 2009

  15. Emma

    Hi krissy. That has happened to me before and i know its stupid, and really makeshift, but just rool up toilet paper and if your \.\ is really heavy, pace a couple cotton-pad things under it. keep it like tht until u get to the nearest walmart/walgreens store. Hope i helped a little! -Emma

    July 28th, 2009

  16. Tae

    Nice Story. I think everyone can relate to that.

    July 29th, 2009

  17. Katie

    Just be happy you knew what a period was…

    I had no clue until it happened in front of two guys.

    in 6th grade…now in eighth

    August 8th, 2009

  18. vanessa

    wow. i same thing happen to me….

    when i came back to skool ii thought i had blood stains on my jeans , i kept asking my friends and they were like you dont have anything! calm down! lol

    August 13th, 2009

  19. Maddy

    im serious tho. my sister is totally weird and used to like the ones that r seriously an inch thick! that night i started my perios i went back into my room and looked at how i looked in my pajamas with that big pad on an u cood see the outline! but at least i new i wasnt going to leak all over my bed!

    August 15th, 2009

  20. Maddy

    tampons can be alot easier in some situations. but there only comfortable wen u put them in right.

    August 15th, 2009

  21. Maddy

    the one thing i kinda like about my period is that it makes me feel more like a women! like i feel like a complete women now.

    August 15th, 2009

  22. i always wanted my period so bad so i had my mom excplaned to me she was going o and on and on about my period it was also a wednesday night so i went to bed after the talk and then the next morning i woke up and got ready and got on the bus i hade cramps i got to school and i had my period

    August 21st, 2009

  23. Hayley

    I started mine at 11yrs old, and I am now 16.5, It was hard to get used to, but you eventually will. I used maxi pads FOREVER until I got the nerve to ask my mom if I could use tampons almost a year ago. All I can say is I am always prepared and never surprise when I see that \auntie rose\ has come for a visit. Trust me its not that bad. :)

    September 10th, 2009

  24. Sara

    I know how you feel. I always feel so uncomfortable in pads. It’s the only thing I wear because i am afraid to start using tampons

    September 26th, 2009

  25. Amber

    i felt like that when i got my period but now it cool i’ve had mine sence feb 18th 2009

    September 30th, 2009

  26. Amber

    no you dont you have to carry a lill bag with you and ugh thats how i was until i got mine

    September 30th, 2009

  27. Michelle

    I can totally relate to the feeling uncomfortable at school. I hated my first time! I was so excited that I got it, but its a real pain! When I got it, I just couldn’t wait until it was done!

    October 9th, 2009

  28. Allana

    Hey,
    So you may never have thought of it, but if u ever want to have kids that is the only way u can have kids so despite how annoying it is, it will help u in the long run!

    rachel Reply:

    i soooooooo agree with u.girls need to realize its just natural and good.

    October 9th, 2009

  29. Miranda

    I dont have to worry about getting my period at school or any of that, cuz I’m homeschooled!

    Katie Olsen Reply:

    Me too. When I got mine I was at home. No, school. No, home. hehehehhehe
    Thank God I didnt have to get it at public school in front of all those other people. My luck I would probly have it all over me. how embarassing that has got to be.

    October 14th, 2009

  30. Samantha

    I can relate. When I got mine, I was 13 and in Math class… It was torture… I ended up going home early as well, but went to school the next day. My mom wouldn’t tolorate it if I were to skip sckool once more :)

    November 16th, 2009

  31. Shannon

    I wasn’t really worried about getting mine, and I never even thought that I was 12 and it might be coming soon. So when I did get mine it was quite a shock!!! I had to tie my jacket around my waist just in case it leaked, and lucky my best friend had hers cause otherwise I wouldn’t have had anyone to go to for a pad!!! Trust me, it is SOOO annoying having it. It takes away so much of your freedom, you can’t go swimming, or play sport without feeling self conscious!!! I get really bad period pains as well, and we dont have a school nurse, so I just have to sit it out… It really sucks…

    Just enjoy ur freedom while you have it!!! Oh and don’t worry, as long as you have something in your bag or locker at school, then youll be prepared when it comes…

    rachel Reply:

    actually, u can go swimming if u use a tampon.i swim all the time.

    November 20th, 2009

  32. megan

    i remember when i first started my period i was in the 7th grade. for the first few times of wearing a pad to school i walked like a duck and all that, but once you get used to the feeling…its actually kind of fun, learning all about it and buying things. it really makes you feel grown up.

    November 28th, 2009

  33. kathleen

    it was the opposite for me the first day I got my period I used pads and It drove me crzy it was so gross but the next morning my mom was like I left some tampons on the bathroom counter and I was so afraid about my period I begged my mom to stay home that day.
    so since I was home I decided I would try them out and they were so much better ! they were cleaner and I didnt even feel them lol

    December 8th, 2009

  34. Kasie

    Ugh, I hate that feeling. You’ll be sitting and think, if I get up, has it leaked? And even if it hasnt, once you stand, it all gushes out and feel awkward and you feel like you need to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes! =[

    December 29th, 2009

  35. rachel

    i use tampons for sports and pads for everything else.also girls, you shouldnt hate ur periods.they can be inconvieniant but its a natural part of life and it means someday u can bring life into the world and keep the humans from going extinct.(lol)

    December 31st, 2009

  36. steph

    i wanted my period so bad until i got it christmas eve this year…i then figured out it sucks

    February 3rd, 2010