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What Was Your First Time Like? A Story On Starting My Period.

By December 30, 2019No Comments

I have a super personal question for you: What was your first time like? During my first time getting my period, I thought that I was DYING. I remember that experience so vividly.

My parents were both out for work and I stayed home because I was really not feeling good. I literally felt like my stomach was eating itself so I called my parents and asked them to go to the hospital because I was concerned about what was going on inside of me to which they both said NO. They also didn’t have health insurance for me so that option was a no-go.

I remember resorting to cooking a pack of instant ramen drizzling a whole bunch of Sriracha sauce on it because all I wanted was salty and spicy foods and it was the most comforting thing ever.

Then, I went to the bathroom, and there it was, a blood stain on my panties and that’s when I knew I hit the next stage of my life with periods. And the pain I was experiencing was actually cramps, which to this day, I still describe it as the sensation of my insides eating itself.

A list of my typical PMS experience including up to 17 symptoms I experience.

A list of my typical PMS experience including up to 17 symptoms I experience.

The cramps didn’t stop there, in fact, my PMS symptoms have worsened over time to the point where I can expect to experience up to 11 of the most common ones simultaneously or consecutively until I get my period. Eventually when I was about 27, I decided to resort to birth control pills to mask and control my symptoms because I hated how it felt like they were ruining my life.

Then, in spring 2018, my sister Kwin introduced me to a book called Woman Code by Alisa Vitti, HHC, and it has changed the period game for me.

Woman Code digs deep into how hormonal imbalances are the root cause for our PMS, our scary infertility rates and our low libido. While this seems like a no brainer, Woman Code does a great job at framing how hormones are linked to these three functions of the female body and covers how to reverse any symptoms affecting the female way of life.

Photo of Woman Code book.

Photo of Woman Code book.

Photo of a vulva ceramic sculpture laying on top of an open version of the Woman Code book.

Photo of a vulva ceramic sculpture laying on top of an open version of the Woman Code book.

Since reading this book, I’ve transitioned off of birth control and have managed to reduce the severity of a majority of my symptoms to a level of 2 using a scale rating of 1-10 in severity. That’s a big deal and that’s exactly why I’m passionate and ecstatic about discussing periods and PMSing more often with you as I journey my way to more pain-free (or at least less painful) periods!

So back to my original question, what was your first time of getting your period like?

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