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 her period stories with you. Read, comment, share your own. Every story is welcome here.
This week’s period talk is from Tamsin, our Commercial Content Writer.
What’s your period craving?
"Standard answer, but chocolate. I'm usually a savoury snack kind of gal, but when I'm on my period, I can't walk my little legs to Pret fast enough. Their chocolate mousse is heaven on a spoon."
I know my period is coming when…
"Achy boobs about a week before. I was on the pill for ages, so had little, or no, tell tales signs, other than knowing the exact day to expect my period. The first month pill free, I thought my boobs might fall off (lol, not really, but it was that painful) and panicked that this was going to happen each month. Spoiler alert: it has."
Tell us about your first period…
"I got my first period just before I left for school one morning. My mum was quite good with the puberty talk, so I knew what was happening. However, this didn't prepare me for the actual reality. I didn't want to wear the pad my mum gave me as I felt like it was HUGE (in hindsight, it really wasn't, and is one I use on my lighter days now), thought I knew best and made do with a pantyliner. The fear crept in just before P.E. and I changed the liner to a pad. I was convinced everyone would be able to tell I was wearing this monstrosity, but of course no one could."
Tell us a period cringe (we’ve all got one, hey…)
"In over 12 years, I don't think I've had a period cringe. I'm going to massively tempt fate now, aren't I? I always seem to be bystander to other's period cringes, though; my luck will run out."
Your favourite thing to do when you have your period is…
I use it as an excuse to derive from any healthy habits. I want to order cookie dough from Pizza Hut at 10:30pm? I'm on my period. I can't be bothered to do my daily work out? I'm on my period. I want to go for drinks and it's only Tuesday? Yes, rum definitely dulls the cramps. Okay, so this isn't ACTUALLY a medical fact."