"I was really young. My mom told me not to tell anyone…I was like 9 or 10. It was just super early. For me it was really early because no one else had their period, and then I was like “Here I am!” I would ask to go to the bathroom during school and I never went to the bathroom before. My mom had told me, “Every four hours, you have to change your pad.” So every four hours I would go to the bathroom, and people would ask, "Why do you have to go to the bathroom so consistently?!” And I would just respond, “You will know in the future.”" This is apart of my Period Portraits series from National Public Health Week at GWU. Follow along as we break down the stigma around menstruation.”

Tara Pokras