Posted by Ryan Morgan on November 08, 2013 at 9:29 AM
The following blog was written in response to the #TellMeSC campaign where we asked South Carolinians what they wanted us to know about their sex ed experience.
By: Katie Justice
When I think about what I know about my body today, I look back and think of my younger self and what I didn’t know. One of the things that I wish my mom and I knew and would have been prepared for when we were younger would be that you can start your period at a young age.
When I was 10 years old, I remember noticing that I was spotting in my underwear and when I wiped. I knew that this couldn’t be normal so I asked my mom what did that mean. When I describe that it was brown with a little bit of blood in it, she immediately started to freak out. She made me lay down on my bed with my legs spread open and used a tissue to check and see if I had started my period. She was in disbelief because she started her period at 16 and because she was not taught in school that you could start younger than that, she literally though I broke something. She took me to the doctor in which he confirmed that at 10 years old I had started my period.
Had my mom and I both had been taught in school about our bodies, our menstrual cycles and at what age to possibly expect to start our cycles, we would have been better prepared to handle my starting my period at such a young age and not freaking out thinking that I broke my hymen or something around my vagina.
Click here to read more of Katie's writing on her blog, The Misadventures of Katie.