Lena Dunham has opened up about the first time she got her period and, like many of us, Aunt Flo turned up at her uterus at a moment that signalled complete surprise and awkwardness.
The GIRLS creator - who is not shy at all - hilariously recounted her entrance into ‘womanhood’ at age 14 when she experienced her first trickle of blood while hiking with her father on a summer night.
“My first reaction was, naturally, that I had peed myself a whole bunch,” Lena wrote under an Instagram post on Wednesday. “When I realised it was blood I shrieked wildly — my first suspicion is always fatal injury — as my father looked at me, misty-eyed. ‘This, this mountain, is where we were the moment you became a woman. In many cultures you’d have to start birthing children now.’”
Lena went on: “We booked it home — never moved that fast before or since — and he handed me a tampon that was older than I was (my mum was already menopausal at this point) and tried to explain it to me through a crack in the door. ‘Up and…back?’”.
That’s right; teenage Lena was coached on how to put a tampon for the first time in by her dad.
Naturally, she recounted feeling emotional: “I wept and shrieked and called all of my aunts AND my friend Harris’ mum on the cordless phone.”
The 31-year-old is no stranger to being open about the female experience and shared her first period story as part of her partnership with LOLA (an organic tampon company she’s an investor in), which offers home delivery of cotton tampons, pads and liners.
“They’re helping make the tampon dialogue more open than it was 16 years ago,” Lena explained. “I also love that @LOLA has our backs for all our firsts, whether it’s your period, childbirth or some grand formal occasion where you’re bleeding unjustly. Let’s do this right.”
Lena also chatted to Glamour about the 'tampon tax'. Yes, because just like in Australia, the US considers feminine care products "luxury" items too, which is something the star agrees is batshit cray.
“To me it's just common sense—this isn't a luxury,” said Lena. “It's a fact. All around the world girls don't attend school because they don't have access to sanitary products or places to store/dispose of them. Is that alright? Uh, no.”
Yassss preach, girl!