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to hate the term 'coming on'?

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Albadross Fri 13-May-16 13:54:10

And the shortened 'I'm on' - both used to say someone is having a period. There's something about it that just makes me cringe...

FutureGadgetsLab Fri 13-May-16 13:57:32

It's a lot less cringey than "Aunt Flo" - that makes me shudder.

olafforthewin Fri 13-May-16 13:58:37

Or 'got the decorators in'

PPie10 Fri 13-May-16 13:58:50

Yanbu, it sounds so old fashioned and cringe.

FutureGadgetsLab Fri 13-May-16 13:59:14

Anything other than "I'm on my period" is a bit awful isn't it.

CallWaiting Fri 13-May-16 14:00:29

YANBU it makes me cringe!

MarvellousCake Fri 13-May-16 14:01:08


TheSparrowhawk Fri 13-May-16 14:02:54

I had never heard the term 'I'm on' or even 'I'm on my period' until I moved to England from Ireland. In Ireland it's 'I have my period.'

SunshineOutdoors Fri 13-May-16 14:04:03


OohMavis Fri 13-May-16 14:07:56

I say I'm about to have/having my period, or if referencing how shitty I'm feeling, premenstrual or have PMS.

My mother called it her 'monthlies' and that makes me cringe so hard my face inverts. And 'women's problems'. Agh.

OohMavis Fri 13-May-16 14:09:06

I'm sure my daughter will hate the way I describe them too though, to be fair. It's the way of life.

Albadross Fri 13-May-16 14:09:55

Sunshine not really, just reminded me of someone at the gym saying it the other day - hadn't heard an adult saying it and I was instantly transported back to school where I first heard it and wondered why the hell people said it...

sonlypuppyfat Fri 13-May-16 14:10:05

I say monthlies, sorry grin

ChaseAvenal Fri 13-May-16 14:10:54

YANBU, I dislike any euphemisms for period.

wigglesrock Fri 13-May-16 14:11:16

theSparrowhawk I'm the same - I would always say "I have my period". I'll not embarrass myself by saying how long it took me to connect the phrase Auntie Flo to having a period - I'd never heard that expression until I started to use MN.

NotExactlyHappyToHelp Fri 13-May-16 14:12:14

I call it 'Shark Week' because there will be blood, an uncomfortable sense of tension and a bad tempered, unpredictable beast grin.

DiggersRest Fri 13-May-16 14:12:40

YANBU. It is a terrible way to describe your period. Why can't you say l have my period or I'm due my period. It sounds like something a dog breeder would say about their bitches hmm

EBearhug Fri 13-May-16 14:12:40

I thought this thread was going to be complaining about people saying things like, "don't you hate it when a man comes on to you when..." Mixed with the period sense, it gets very confusing.

I think I may have said, "I came on this morning," to my yoga teacher last week. I certainly communicated the information, though I'm not 100% sure which wording I used. So I don't feel I'm in a position to complain. Mind you, I have beeno known to use words and phrases which wind me up in the past, so who knows.

Ihatechoosingnames Fri 13-May-16 14:12:47

The worst is 'on the blob.' So gross. Only ever hear men say it. My friend says it's her shark week, I like that!

Mumandmummer Fri 13-May-16 14:14:46

I don't mind 'coming on' etc. Is Aunt Flow only used online? I'd hate to say it out loud.

OohMavis Fri 13-May-16 14:15:01

I sat behind some teenage girls who described themselves as being on their ketchup grin

Quite creative really.

Majorlyscared1993 Fri 13-May-16 14:15:42

Closed for maintenance

Fallen to the communists

treaclesoda Fri 13-May-16 14:15:53

I'd never heard of being 'on your period' until mumsnet either. I'm pretty sure I'm from the same part of the world as wiggles, it's always 'have your period' here.

First time I read 'I'm on' I honestly hadn't a clue what it meant. grin

NotExactlyHappyToHelp Fri 13-May-16 14:18:30

Fallen to the communists

😂 Oh I am absolutely going to use that.

QuiteLikely5 Fri 13-May-16 14:19:02

I say 'time of the month' but I really don't like anyone saying anything to me about their totm.

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