Wouldn’t it be easier if we were all more open about the perfectly normal bodily function we experience each month? We think so. Each week, a member of our very own #PPSquad will be sharing their period stories with you. Read, comment, share your own. Every story is welcome here.

This week’s period talk is from Amelia, our Social Media Manager.

What’s your period craving?

“Chocolate. All the chocolate for me, thanks.”

I know my period is coming when…

“PMS hits me like a tonne of bricks. I am normally quite a calm person but as soon as those hormones strike I am angry af.”

Tell us about your first period…

“I was one of the first in my friendship group to get my period. I remember having such bad period pains that it made me sick and I was allowed a day off school. After that, the rest of my friends were looking forward to theirs in hope of a day off too.”

Tell us a period cringe

“I was about 13 and on holiday when I got my period. We were supposed to go to a waterpark but I didn't have any tampons with me so my mum went and bought me a box especially. As she handed them over she started to explain what to do with it, but like a classic 13 year old, I dismissed her advice thinking “yeah whatever Mum, I know the deal”. Shock, I did not know the deal...at all! It was my first time using one and I spent at least an hour (possibly longer) trying, but didn't realise I had to pull out the applicator first. I wasted a WHOLE box and blocked the toilet in the process from flushing them down, one after the other. By the time my mum intervened, I was so traumatised that I had given up on the idea completely. Oh, and we were too late to go to the waterpark. Moral of the story is, always ask for help or accept it if it’s offered.”

Your favourite thing to do when you have your period is…

“Chat with my best friend. We have similar cycles so we've always got PMS (horror) stories to swap and share. Knowing that someone else has been as irrational as you is surprisingly comforting. Plus, it always helps to get things off your chest.”