I ran out of sanitary pads!

Naomi finds herself in a fix

I ran out of sanitary pads!

On the first day of my final exams, I woke up happy and well-rested. I’d been studying hard for weeks. Finally, I was ready. I brushed my teeth and stepped into the shower. Then I felt something trickling down my leg. I looked down and just as I guessed, my period had started.

Back in my room, I found out I had run out of sanitary pads. I didn’t have enough money to buy a new packet. And I couldn’t afford to be late for my exams. So I wore a thick, clean cloth and went to school.

My first exam went without a hitch. But in the afternoon, my flow got heavy. I needed to change as soon as possible. Only I was a little shy and scared about asking for help. We never talked about periods in school. It was this big, shameful secret. I didn’t want anyone to judge me.

However, I was running out of time. I had to think fast. I told myself that periods are perfectly normal, that periods are nothing to be ashamed of. A friend would be happy to help.

After all, the worst they would say was no. And if they did, I could always ask someone else.

I counted from one to ten in my head, then I went for it. I walked up to my friend Efosa and asked if she had a spare sanitary pad. Guess what she said? Yes!

Efosa gave me three whole sanitary pads. I felt like the luckiest girl on earth. I told her that I was scared to approach her at first. She understood. She confessed that she used to be shy about periods too, until she learned they’re a normal part of growing of. Just like getting taller or growing breasts.

My second exam went smoothly. I was so comfortable—and so glad I hadn’t let fear stop me. I decided that when next I got into a fix, I wouldn’t worry about what people think. Instead, I’d ask a friend for help right away. Also, I promised myself that I’ll start keeping money aside for sanitary pads. That way, I’ll always have extra for someone in need.

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  • puberty
  • health
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