The lack of information about menstruation caught up to me in 8th grade in school.
One fine afternoon, after school, I felt something different down there, and decided to inspect it.
After figuring out it was blood oozing out, I felt weak and terrified. I thought I was going to die. I had enough crime shows to know loss of blood leads to eventual death. All week after that I tried to remember the time I bumped my vagina that it bled out so much.
I never told my mother, thinking that if I was going to die, I should not worry, because she worries enough as it is.
After 5 days, the bleeding stopped and so did the repercussions that came along with it; the stomach ache, the backache, the fatigue and the mood swings.
I returned to normal life; studying, playing, being a 13 year old in 2008.
I had almost managed to forget about the incident until it came again next month.
This time, I had made sure that I don’t bump into anything that could make my vagina bleed.
I got so worried, knowing that if this is happening again, it is a clear indication that I was going to die and for sure this time.
I decided that this time, I will definitely tell my mother.
After mustering up all the courage that I could, I went up to her and told her that I was going to die.
Questions and shock filled her mind and it showed on her face.
When she asked me as to why I think that and told her, she laughed for a good minute and explained everything there is to know about blood shedding and menstruation.
I wish I had known about it before I had existential crisis at 13.
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