I knew all about periods & pads etc from a young age (mum didnt use tampons but had a packet she let my brother & I dip in water as kids ). Mum also recognised when I was in year 4 that I was developing fast so rather than go to the grade 3/4 sex ed evening at school I went to the grade 5/6 sex ed evening where they also talked about that stuff. Got my period at 10 and I was pretty embarrassed, I told her not to tell my dad but she couldn't help herself, I think she was somewhat proud. She only used pads so I did as well until I was about 14 I decided to use tampons as well.
Eta: my mum made sure a knew all about it as my nan had woken up one morning at 12 and thought she was bleeding to death!
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