Did you learn about periods back in school? Probably. And my guess is it was limited to a picture of the reproductive system, and that's about it. We were little kids, so we giggled, because vagina. Teachers talked about eggs and uterine linings and blah blah blippity bloop. But once we "officially" became "women," we realized there was a whole mess of things no one told us about periods as kids.
Periods are still so heavily stigmatized — something we're supposed to keep secret and be ashamed of even though it's nature. They're "gross" and "nasty" and strictly a private matter. As a result, we hardly ever talk about them. Certainly not as kids — when our parents and teachers maybe thought we were too delicate to handle something we were about to start experiencing once a month for the rest of our lives. And they certainly never discussed it with the boys, likely contributing to the idea that periods are gross and nasty and private.
It's gotten old, so let's normalize periods. Let's get real and down to the nitty gritty, because there are far too many period problems we are not sharing with our children and adequately preparing them for. Here are eight things that you probably had no idea to expect.