Getting your period for the first time is a very different experience when you’re a teen girl with immigrant parents. See, a lot of women who weren’t raised in the U.S. approach the whole menstruation sitch differently from how we approach it here.
As a result, when their American daughters first got their periods, these women probably went about it in the same way their moms had handled it with them.
It most likely felt outdated, and you maybe felt frustrated and misunderstood. And looking back on the first few years of getting your period, it was probably more uncomfortable than it needed to be, because your mom’s attitude about shark week differed greatly from yours.
But eventually, you got the hang of this whole bleeding-once-a-month thing, even if your mom didn’t know about tampons or Midol. Here are 10 things that are true when you’re a first generation daughter navigating dealing with menstruation.