I remember asking her if the Queen and Mrs Michael my Sunday school teacher at the time had periods? Reading an old copy of Cosmopolitan, I was curious about an advert for sanitary towels. Oh, how proud I was. Some turned and smiled at me: Two years ago, when she was nine, she said: I was always very conscious of how embarrassed my wife was around her periods.
As a consequence, when my period began, I was not really sure what was happening.
The day I got my first period
I started age 11, when I had come home from school for lunch. He asked if I knew what to do? I had a huge urge to connect to the other women in our family and for my daughter to be embraced by us all in some way. Then I saw a small ad — I think it was in Jackie magazine — offering trial tampons if I sent a stamp and my address — easy and discreet, I thought. One girl I taught years ago sadly lost her mother to cancer shortly before she started: