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Like many of you might have been, I was not quite ready for my period when I first got it. I was 11 years old, which I guess is an average age for girls to start menstruating, but at the time, I was one of the first girls from my peers. It was scary, it was an unknown but also exciting at the same time. I felt like I had a super power, my body was amazing and it was the start of a long journey to see my body change as puberty hit.
For me, the first few years of my flow was seamless... well after I realised that there was such a thing as thin pads which are much more comfortable! Each month it would come and go without incident... no pain, not many struggles, just a bit of a dull ache or the odd pimple here and there.
After a while I realised that my periods were coming a lot more frequent, my cycle was shorter and sometimes I would even have a period every two weeks. My beautiful Mother decided that we should see her gynecologist, just to be sure it was nothing. After a few little tests, we went to see her and it was a very underwhelming experience. She said that this sort of thing does happen in the first few years of menstruation but that I could take a contraceptive pill to regulate it.
My Mother, who was a skeptic (and still is!) wasn't sold on the idea and decided to wait it out and see what would happen. Like I said, they weren't painful, just inconvenient and long. Years later, after researching and learning more about this, I am so happy that she turned down the recommendation of her doctor - I'll talk about this more in the future so stay tuned for that! It turns out that it takes on average ten years for a woman's cycle to regulate.
Fifteen years later, I am a happy healthy woman who experiences some pain and discomfort, but nothing too severe, my periods are a regular, monthly occurrence and are now more comfortable than ever after switching to organic sanitary products.
I am here to celebrate my period, to listen to my period and learn to read my body's changes through it. You can learn so much by being aware of your monthly cycle - it is the first indication of how healthy you are. So listen to it, celebrate it, and celebrate being a woman, because being a woman is simply... amazing!
Stay tuned for more Cycle Stories... or send me your own to share anonymously! Join the conversation and share your experience to connect with a sister who relates to your journey.