first period: tomboyish ways

three's a first time for everything. period.

We’re sharing the stories of getting our first period! This one comes from a gURL intern, who was worried her period might spell the end of her “tomboyish ways.” Want your first period story shared? Email us at!

I got my period on or around January 13, 2001. I distinctly remember that period (ha!), because it was a couple days before one of my good friend’s 12 birthday (January 15th) and she was having a party that day because we didn’t have school. I remember thinking, “Oh no! I have Amy’s party. What if I can’t go?!” Anyway, this is how it went down:

I woke up on a Saturday morning and called my best friend for our normal weekend morning chats. She blabbed on about her boyfriend, as I flipped through the latest  issue of Seventeen—Destiny’s Child was on the cover and played Ja Rule’s Put It On Me on a low volume in the background. Once she stopped yapping, I told her I’d call her back and went to use the bathroom because I had a very big stomach ache and thought I was a.) going to throw up or b.) blow up the bathroom toilet with my bowel movement.

When I sat down on the toilet, I heard a large plop. I knew nothing came out of my derrière and instantly assumed I got my period. I looked down and was correct. I was annoyed. I wasn’t ready to start wearing pads, nor did I want to grow up just yet. Getting my period meant that I was “becoming a woman.” Excited or not, I ran up the stairs and woke my mom up (she worked the grave yard shift at the hospital). “Mommy! I got my period!” I yelled as I shook her. She woke up in a frantic and told me to go grab a pad from the bathroom. I told her I already had one on because I saved some from the “Growing Up Program” the previous year. She told me to sit down and we had “the talk.” My mother told me that I wasn’t allowed to let any boys touch me inappropriately and that my Tomboyish ways were over. I now had to act like a woman.

Do you think “being a woman” means having to give up being a tomboy?


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  • epicninjaness

    i dont think that if u get ur period u immeditly need to quit being a tomboy. im a major tomboy and dont think i could survive like the other chicks that do stuff the “girly” way, being a tomboy doesnt mean ur immature its just that u dont enjoy something other girl do and r more interested in guy stuff….

  • aelx123

    that is total *hit. there is no way i gave up my tomboyish ways. so what is i show them only when i hangout with my guy friends. i still wont and no one should be able to tell you that. XD

  • Maggie

    I don't think that's true at all! If you're a tomboy, that's part of your personality, you shouldn't have to change it. You don't have to grow up either. I'm 15 years old and I still act like a five year old sometimes. 🙂 I think that getting your period just means that you have to be more aware of your body because things are going to start changing. But you shouldn't have to give up who you are.