The Back Part of my Dress went all RED

Sophie Ngassa
Posted May 22, 2017 from Cameroon
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27 year ago, Iwas 13in form 2 at secondary school sited in large class of close to 50 students writing our end of year promotion exams.

On that bright Friday morning, I had felt slight pains at the lower part of my belly. I was weak and nauseated and I could not understand what was happening to me.

I had the last part of my exams on that day, so could not miss going to school. The first session of the exams went on well in the morning with no major issue.During break I felt again some slight pains same as what I experience the before.

After 30 mins we went in for the next paper which was the last for the day and the end of the exams. This paper was not difficult for me because it was one of my best subjects, Math. So, I actually finished my paper on time which meant I had to leave the hall earlier.

On standing up to go pass my paper at the teachers table, I heard one of my class mate asking me to sit down. I did not understand why, so I did not obey.

My dress was all red at the back and blood dripped down my left leg. I did not know what had happened because I was highly concentrated on my exam paper. As I stood up and went ahead, another female student who was sited right behind me saw the big stain of blood on my dress. She immediately called my attention and I got frightened. She took off her pullover and tied it around my waist.

At school it was very common to find girls tie pullovers around their waist. It was on this day I understood why they did that. It was a way to cover the blood stains during their periods.

She whispered in my ears that I should go home immediately and tell my mum what had happened. This was the most difficult part, I had never had a discussion about periods with my mum.Feeling very frustrated Iwondered how Iwas to begin the discussion.

However, Imade up my mind and began by showing her my stained dress. That was how Ibroke the silence. It was on this day that my mum was able to tell me all what I needed to know about my periods.

The next year, in form 3, we had a course called sex education. It was during this exciting class that we had the opportunity to get lectures from female our teacher about menstrual hygiene management. Although we were usually very shy our teacher did her best to educate us.

It was thanks to these lessons that we wereto go through that very challenging phase of their lives.

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Tamarack Verrall
May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017

Dear Ngassa,

It is such good news that you are cutting through the mystery and silence surrounding menstrual cycles. I loved that a classmate lent you her pullover, and was relieved that once you showed your mom your dress, she spoke openly with you. I'm sure that many will find it easier to speak out through reading your account of beginning to bleed with no information. 

In sisterhood,

Tam

Sophie Ngassa
May 23, 2017
May 23, 2017

Dear Tam, Thanks for your comment.Till date I can never forget that friend of mine. She was so kind to me.Thanks to my mum for educating me.

Francisca Robles
May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017

Hi Ngassa.

Menstruation is a topic that seems so simple but that it feels so big when we first live it. The menstruation in a young girl means not only changes in her body but also the need to have a woman nearby who can give you love and guide you. For many it may be time to reflect on the relationship they have with their mothers. And girls can feel very vulnerable if you they are not educated about it.  It is good to talk about it, thanks for sharing your story!

Sophie Ngassa
May 27, 2017
May 27, 2017

Dear franroblesc, You said it all. We really need to talk about it in order to break the silence.Thanks for your great comment.

Berinyuy Yuyun
May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017

Dear Aunty Sophie, your story is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Sophie Ngassa
May 27, 2017
May 27, 2017

Dear Beri, thanks for your comment.You can also share your experience.

Patricia Mbah
May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017

Dear Aunty Sophie, You have inspired me so much. Thanks for getting me unto this amazing platform.

I have lots to share.

Sophie Ngassa
May 27, 2017
May 27, 2017

Dear Patty, You are welcome. This a safe place to share your stories. I am so glad that I inspired you.

Lisa Anderson
Jun 01, 2017
Jun 01, 2017

Dear Sophie,

This is such a beautifully written, relatable story. Thank you for sharing about your experience and highlighting how education can help us go through challenging new experiences.

Warm regards

Lisa

Sophie Ngassa
Jun 01, 2017
Jun 01, 2017

Dear Lisa, Thanks for your encouraging words.I am very happy and so honored to have your comment here on this last day.Cheers!

Lisa Anderson
Jun 01, 2017
Jun 01, 2017

Dear Sophie,

My pleasure! I'm happy and honored to have connected with you on World Pulse. All the best to you. :-)

Warm regards,

Lisa

Sophie Ngassa
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 13, 2017

Thanks and welcome. I am happy that I have improved my writing skills during the ADC training.

A million thanks to World Pulse.and all the trainers.