Mystical "Period"

Posted May 28, 2019 from Cameroon

Why?..why do I have to bleed for 3-5days for no good reason? 

Why did God creat menstruation?  Why?...

So many un answered questions in my tender mind.

Unlike other girls my mom told me about menstruation at a very tender age of 8.

I can't really remember what she said but I can clearly remember what I understood. I understood that from the age of 11 upward a girl  will be urinating  blood for  a period 3-5days every month. During that period the girl needs to use napkin(Sure she said sanitary napkin at that age I took in only napkin) to collect the blood.

Every girl has this period in a month that she urinates blood and uses a napkin(used for babies) to trap this blood.  How on earth can that be possible?

I understood that the "period" is really mystical.

Just be "peeing" blood? How? Why? That night I dreamt I was urinating blood and unrinted on the bed.

 I was in primary  6 then and  I told my friends at school what I understood from my mom's talk. During break, my friends  who were 11years old or above where scared to urinate becsuse blood can start coming out at "anytime". This fright of unrinating blood continued to secondary school before we had a better understanding of what truly menstration is all about and that there is nothing mystical  behind it. 

So I suffered the menstruation stigma not because of lack of information but because of the way it was given.

 Therefore, appropriate strategies should be used to educate teenage girls about menstruation because if education is wrongly given it can mislead or stigmatise the girl child.

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Corine Milano
May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019

Such an important story! Thank you for sharing it - certainly it can be a scary concept to a young child, and I also remember my shock when I first realized that this was something that happened every. single. month. for 5+ days. It's so important when speaking with kids and adolescents to give age-appropriate information and to use language that is clear and not scary. Thank you for sharing this and reminding us all that it's not just about letting girls know about menstruation - it's preparing them to understand it and leaving windows for girls to ask questions .

May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019

Hi dear, I really like your sense of humour haha ( urinating blood). Yeah some of us felt scared and thought it was the end of our life, or probably we are very sick, or a kind of new disease invading us.

However, I love the part that you had pre knowledge from your mother, that was excellent. I never had that knowledge, hence the shocked I felt.

Thanks for sharing your lovely story. I hope you are doing great?

May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019

Hi Noela,

Welcome to World Pulse. Thank you for sharing your story. Looking forward for a more stories from you.

Jill Langhus
May 29, 2019
May 29, 2019

Hi Noela,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your important, personal first story! I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Hope you're safe and having a good day:-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
May 30, 2019
May 30, 2019

Hello, Noela,

It's very good to know the other side of informing girls too early. Thanks for sharing your story. "Anytime" can bring anxiety to a little girl. I agree with Corine that mothers should talk to their daughters that can be understood on their age.

Welcome to World Pulse! Please keep writing!

Nusrat Ara
Jun 15, 2019
Jun 15, 2019

You are right proper information and awareness is the key.