**This about my experience with my period during my tween years. And if you are sensitive to discussion about menstruation, I advise that you skim this**
When I started going through puberty, my mom did not explain anything about the menstrual cycle or the fact that my body will be changing, like going from a stick to having real curves, the whole shabang: hips, booty and breasts.
I was not prepared for what was in store.
I believed that I only bled during my period, I did not know that my body was actually shedding the uterine lining. So when I saw pieces of flesh in the toilet or on my pad, I was TERRIFIED. I was scared that something was wrong with me. I was also scared to tell my mom, because I thought it would make her panic.
When I finally summed up the courage to tell her about it, she just said “3adi, Abeer, that’s normal.” And that was it, no elaboration, nothing.
It was not till a few months later when I found a website sponsored by Kotex, for girls who are blossoming that explained everything to me. And once I had that info, I discussed it in depth with my mom.
I hope that the next generation of girls will have someone explain these changes and know that it is okay to speak about it and have questions. We must create that safe space.