To this day, menstruation remains shrouded in taboo and stigma. According to a 2018 survey conducted by OnePoll and Diva International Inc., the makers of the DivaCup, nearly 1 in 3 women were “confused” when they got their first period.

Unfortunately, a lot of people have expressed feelings of confusion, fear and shame. These six women share their stories of their first-period experience.

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