haha, I'm actually quite glad I saw this topic as it seems I'm not quite as abnormal as I thought
I was 11 when I first started and was the only person (with the exception of my mum) that I knew who'd started for 2-3 years. Most of my friends started at 13/14 and so I never really felt comfortable talking to them about it. I didnt even tell my mum until about 3 months after my first one
I just so embarassed
Because I thought it was abnormal to have started so early, like I was a freak.
But its nice to know other people had similar experiences to me. I can't imagine what starting at 9 must feel like.
Mine have always also been quite irregular, I come on once a month usually but I never know when its going to be. Sometimes it'll be almost exactly the same time as the month before others it could be 10days before or after so I never really know
In the past when I've been really stressed I've had two in the space of a month ! it was awful, and quite worrying but i went to a doctor and they told me it was quite normal and usually down to stress (which i wasnt really suprised by since the last 4 times i've been to the doctor with 'issues' they've ALL been stress related).
And last but not least the PAIN
lol tbh I think... from reading these posts... I have it relatively easy. I usually only have pain the first day sometimes if i'm unlucky the second day too but thats not often. But the pain I do experience is like nothing I've ever felt before. If I start at school and I'm unprepared with painkillers to ease the pain its horrific ! like doubled up, not able to function, shaking, sweating and sometimes being sick, its disgusting. A few months ago I had one, luckily for me I started late at night and the early pain is always the worst, but ended up having to go to bed at like 5pm and just lie literally writhing in pain on my bed, with a sick bucket by my bed cos i was in so much pain i just couldn't function. I really really hope that never happens again.
With me the pain seems to build up over time.. every month that bit worse than the last until one like i've just explained happens and then the pain will go down again. does that happen to anyone else?