Once upon a time I was a very scared thirteen-year-old getting her first period. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was at a park with my friend, who was visiting from out of town, and we were riding a carousel when, BAM, it hit. The pain I experienced with that first cycle and every cycle thereafter was virtually unbearable. From then on, I missed at least a day of school every month, and sometimes more than one, thanks to my menstrual health issues.