One day, I was sitting and gisting with my friends. I suddenly felt something wasn’t right. I looked down and I saw blood where I was sitting! Ah! I was so scared! I didn’t know what was happening. Had I injured myself?
I didn’t want to stand up. I was so ashamed. I even started crying. My best friend saw I was upset. So she came near and asked what was wrong. I whispered ‘Rukayat, I think I’m dying!’
I showed her the blood. She told me to calm down and stop crying. She said it was normal. It had happened to her and some of our other friends. She said to tell my mum right away.
Tell my mum? About blood that is coming from down there? What if I did something to cause this? I was scared she would beat me.
Rukayat said my mum would understand. That my mum also goes through the same thing every month. She said my mum would explain everything.
When my mum came home, I was still very scared. I didn’t know how to tell her. She was in the kitchen preparing food. I kept going in and coming out without saying anything. Finally, my mum asked me what was wrong.
I took a deep breath. Then I told her.
She wasn’t angry. She hugged me and said that I was growing up. She showed me how to use a sanitary pad. Then she sat me down and explained everything.
She said it is called menstruation which means every month my uterus (also called the womb - this sits near your stomach) will shed it’s lining. That lining is the blood that comes out of my vagina . She said It is normal and nothing to be scared or ashamed of.
My mum was so happy I came to her about something this important. I was relieved and happy after speaking to her.
Talking to your mum or a trusted adult about these things could make you feel better. You can also learn from their experiences.
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