I got my first period when I was 10 years-old.
I remember going straight to my mother when I started menstruating. I did not feel shameful or embarrassed because we had talked about it — both my parents are nurses and nothing body-related was ever taboo, it was merely medical. But things started to shift when my mother explained to me that she had mentioned that significant event in my life to one of her male friends. I thought she had betrayed a serious secret — it was fine for my parents to know, but no other men should ever hear about it, because they’d probably think that I was gross.