“My mom rinsed my underwear (literally just with water) and smeared it all over my face because she said it would prevent pimples in the future.”

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what it's like to menstruate in your culture. Many of you wrote about the ways your family or community marks a person's first period.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what it's like to menstruate in your culture. Many of you wrote about the ways your family or community marks a person's first period.

We heard from more than 6,000 people around the world. None of these responses should be taken to speak for an entire country, culture, or religion — there are, of course, many diverse beliefs and practices within each. But here are some of the things readers shared.

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"My mom rinsed my underwear (literally just with water) and smeared it all over my face because she said it would prevent pimples in the future."

"My mom rinsed my underwear (literally just with water) and smeared it all over my face because she said it would prevent pimples in the future."

My mom rinsed my underwear (literally just with water) and smeared it all over my face because she said it would prevent pimples in the future. She made me jump three steps from the stairs because it signifies how many days you'll be on your period.

—Shane, 23, Philippines

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You have a party thrown to celebrate your transition into womanhood where you don't leave the house for three days, then get presents and a huge party (typically). You mustn't be around children or men during your first period.

—Nyiko, South Africa

"When a girl gets her period for the first time, she's given a hard-boiled egg to swallow whole. Biting the egg is like killing your babies."

"When a girl gets her period for the first time, she's given a hard-boiled egg to swallow whole. Biting the egg is like killing your babies."

—Adwoa, 20, Ghana

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