Testimonial: how I experienced my first period

All women remember the moment when they realized that their first period had arrived. Surprised, sad, amused, disconcerted, happy, scared... Not everyone experiences it the same way, but this experience is always memorable. Following the launch of our range of Smoon menstrual panties for teenagers, we wanted to share Anne-Marie's testimony with you. She tells us how her first period went.

A pressing desire to become a woman

“I always wanted to be taller than I was. I wanted to look like my big sister, like my mother. I wanted to become an adult, a woman. So, I waited impatiently for my period because for me, it represented my entry into the world of “big guys”.

I was anxious at the idea of ​​having them late, that is to say around 15 or 16 years old. Above all, I didn't want to lag behind my girlfriends. Surprisingly, we talked very little about these things between girls in middle school. I have no idea when they got them… If I had known how painful periods could be sometimes, I would have rather wished to grab a year or two of peace! »

Settled at 12

“My wishes have been granted! I got my period a few months before I turned 13, when I was in 5th grade. I noticed it one evening when I went to bed, but I didn't realize right away because these first periods were scarce. Nothing compared to the tsunami of blood I expected! I saw a dark spot in the bottom of my panties but I didn't “tilt”. It still left me puzzled.

Some time later (a month I imagine), I saw this brown stain at the bottom of my panties in the bathroom at home. I called my big sister who had her period for at least 2 years, very happy to finally have her period!

The choice of my protection for my first period

As my mother and my sister used sanitary napkins, I naturally followed their example. I was a little scared of having to put on a tampon anyway, and back then there weren't really any other alternatives like there are today.

It is indeed a pity! I would have loved to discover period panties at that age. Already my cycle was quite irregular, and my main fear was that my period would come without warning when I was in class. Being able to wear menstrual panties “in prevention” to avoid any incident would surely have allowed me to be more focused on the math class than on the absence of stains on my pants!

Being able to wear the same panties all day without having to change pads in college would have been a big bonus. The strategies for hiding my towels in my bag and then up my sleeve on the way to the bathroom make me smile now, but back then having the boys in my class discovering my pads and laughing at me really scared me. ”

Can't wait to relive my first period with my daughter

Of course, no parent wants to see their children grow up too fast. However, the idea of ​​sharing this moment of discovery with my daughter makes me happy. I think that mentalities are changing, that the new periodic protections will allow her to live her first period more serenely, and I hope to be able to accompany her with serenity and kindness through all the adventures that puberty has in store for her. »

By Emily