6:49 pm - 02/08/2009

First period video?

Mods, feel free to delete if this is in appropriate.

I'm looking for a menstruation education video I remember watching in "sex ed" in middle school. The heroine gets her first period at her friend's house, the friend's mother makes pancakes shaped like the ovaries/uterus/etc, and then when the girl gets home, her older sister gives her a truly hideous hat as a congratulatory gift. Has anybody seen this floating around on youtube or something?

I was in middle school from 95-98, if that helps.
vdoeschallenge 8th-Feb-2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
lol, i wish i'd gotten reproductive organ pancakes.

but really i'm no help. i have no idea where to find the video.
paperispatient 9th-Feb-2009 12:21 am (UTC)
My roommate often makes pancakes on the weekend - I'm going to ask her to make vagina pancakes next time!
actorgrl04 8th-Feb-2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I have never seen that on youtube or remember seeing it in Middle school. Man, if i was shown that video in middle school, i think it would make getting my period much better! lol
genericjanedoe 9th-Feb-2009 12:01 am (UTC)
OMG! I remember that. It had Tia and or Tamara Mowery. Good times. I don't have it, but I definitely believe I saw it in 1994. Maybe it's older than you're range.
dimethirwen 9th-Feb-2009 12:15 am (UTC)

I didn't eat pancakes for months.

If you find it online, PLEASE let me know.

(I saw it in 1996, I think.)
mightyplatypus 9th-Feb-2009 12:23 am (UTC)
In case it helps, the video is called "I Got It!". I remember it well. Here's what landmammamal says over at Snopes: "We watched a video called I Got It! It started out with a girl running down the street yelling, "I got it! I got it!" We all knew about periods already, and were horrified to think of this girl announcing her first period like this. Turned out what she got was an invitation to a slumber party. The video went downhill from there. A girl at the party gets her first period in the middle of the night. In the morning, the girls gather round Mom to talk about it (even though in real life, most of the girls in my class were too embarrassed to tell their OWN mothers). Mom is making pancakes. One of the girls asks if there's a lot of blood. Mom says,"No, my doctor tells me it's only about 1/2 a cup" as she perkily holds up glass measuring cup filled with flour. Then, she makes a pancake shaped like a uterus with fallopian tubes attached and proceeds to explain the menstrual cycle in detail, referring to her ever-so-scientifically-accurate batter model. I wish I could get a copy of that."

Hear hear. No luck finding the video itself though.
criswithnoh 9th-Feb-2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Well, after hearing that description, this video would have certainly put me off pancakes for a while.
genericjanedoe 9th-Feb-2009 12:51 am (UTC)
There were a lot of girls in my school who felt similarly.
arseaboutface 9th-Feb-2009 12:52 am (UTC)
This may explain my aversion to them 15 years later.
mightyplatypus 9th-Feb-2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh, and it's been around a lot longer than the late '90s. I saw it in about 6th grade, which was circa 1990, and I don't think it was brand-new even then.
pastmidnite 9th-Feb-2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I got it!
by Procter & Gamble Company.
Type: VHS video : Elementary and junior high school; English
Publisher: [Cincinnati, Ohio] : Proctor & Gamble Co., ©1988.

According to Worldcat it is owned by six school, university and public libraries so you might be able to have your library order it through interlibrary loan. No luck online.
arseaboutface 9th-Feb-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think I may have to have a party and watch this and the Chemistry Safety Video.
dimethirwen 9th-Feb-2009 02:18 am (UTC)
ciechelle 9th-Feb-2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Is that the one with the rubber hand that gets the broken glass stirring rod shoved into it, causing super fake blood to pour out? Because if it is, I was telling my friend about it just yesterday!
1grlrvolution 9th-Feb-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
My chem major friends and I fake that part of that video constantly. It is so funny when a bunch of 20 somethings are watching a video so clearly geared toward middle schoolers.
evil_girraffe 9th-Feb-2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Reminds me of
dipp922 9th-Feb-2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Something like this happened on an episode of "Blossom" as well. She got her first period and her mother, in a dream, was Claire Huxtable of "The Cosby Show" showing her how menstruation happens.
designingdreams 9th-Feb-2009 04:11 am (UTC)
This comment reminds me of the episode of The Cosby Show where Rudy gets her period and stays home from school-- or something.

Actually, I think I remember all her friends grew boobs over the summer, so she faked getting her period or something? I can't exactly remember *off to youtube*
dipp922 9th-Feb-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Wow. I totally remember that! Awesome.
maligator 9th-Feb-2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Maybe an email to Proctor & Gamble would help. The full title is:

"I Got It! An Always Changing Program Video on Menstruation from Proctor & Gamble"

Maybe they have copies still. I believe it was from 1988.
mary_contrary 9th-Feb-2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh my god, that's the one I was shown in school in the fifth grade, back in 1991-1992ish.
dimethirwen 9th-Feb-2009 02:18 am (UTC)
This is almost as bad as the sex ed video I watched in middle school that started with two people dancing, showed sperm traveling through the penis, and culminated in video of a live birth.
disturbedme 9th-Feb-2009 02:25 am (UTC)
That sounds like the one they showed us in like 4th grade.
aileybay 9th-Feb-2009 02:59 am (UTC)
ooh i like your icon :]
cage_this 9th-Feb-2009 04:45 am (UTC)
OHMYGOD when I was in grade 10 science, the class beside us was a 12th grade biology class, and they were watching that video and the classrooms were separated by WINDOWS. Nothing more traumatizing than looking over and seeing some woman give birth.
flawedpottery 30th-May-2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I just found this post while searching for this video I was telling my best friend about this video. I watched this in like 1990 when I was in 5th grade. My best friend now walks around saying "shut up and eat your uterus".

Glad to see it wasn't some figment of my imagination.
phpete P&G E-Mail response!23rd-Jul-2009 02:47 am (UTC)
I realize this thread is mostly dead, but I thought I'd add my 2cents since I came across it when my wife asked me to look for a copy of this video.

I actually just received a response re my request to P&G.

Sadly while it leaves a little room for hope, it does not provide direct access.

from "P&G North America" <pg_naconsumerrelations@mailnj.custhelp.com>
to "Me" <---------@gmail.com>
date Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM
subject Thank you for contacting Always. [ ref:00D7JViV.50079T71a:ref ]

Thanks for contacting Always, Peter.

I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not aware of our Always Changing Program materials being available for sale. Although I doubt a video that old is still part of the current program, the materials are only available to school nurses or teachers.

I wish I had better news. Thanks again for stopping by.

Always Team
Perhaps a school nurse or teacher with connections to old an old media room?
Mary Vang I'm looking for it also!10th-May-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I just got note from the grade school my child is slotted to view this video on the 18th. I would like to know what she's going to view before she does, I can't find the video anywhere online. .
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