When Phiona got her first period she was 14 years old and had no idea what was happening. “First it felt wet, and then I saw blood in my panties, I thought I had injured myself. When she says that she cannot afford to use more than one pad per day, the interpreters, both from the middle class, react with indignation. One single pad! But they are supposed to be changed at least every five hour! Phiona calmly notes that she has to stay still as possible, not run, and preferably not walk to not bleed as much. She skips the dance class she otherwise attends after school. If Phiona menstruates during one of the periods when they have a lot of exams in school it becomes difficult, she says. Her thoughts wander to the heavy pad and she has a hard time focussing on the questions.
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