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Added June 04, 2014

3 Signs of Your First Period

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As a girl, going through puberty means your body is changing as you become a woman, which of course means your period is on it’s way. You can be ready for your first period by looking for clues. Typically, you can expect these changes to start when you are between 11 and 14 years old — but don’t worry, some girls start as early as eight or as late as 17. They may not happen in the order listed below, but here are three common signs indicating you are about to start your first period.


1. Breast Development

Before your period, you might notice your breasts are growing. The first sign of a girl’s first period is developing breast buds — this is when your nipple becomes raised because of the fat, tissue and milk glands your body develops. During this period, you might feel more comfortable wearing a training bra or camisole. Your breasts can then take up to four years to fully develop. Generally, you will start your period one to three years after your breasts begin developing.


2. Hair Growth

You’ll start developing more body hair either before or after your breasts bud. You will first start growing pubic hair in the area below your lower stomach and between your legs. At first it will be soft and thin, then it will gradually become coarser and curly. Then your underarm hair might become coarser and darker. Your period will usually arrive around one or two years after your pubic hair develops.


3. Vaginal Discharge

This is a big sign that you may start expecting your first period. You’ll begin to experience vaginal discharge that will be either white or yellowish. Don’t worry, this is completely normal — it’s your body’s way of moisturizing the vagina. Wearing pantiliners, like Always Pantiliners, can help you feel fresh and dry. Your period will likely start between six and 12 months (or up to 18 months) after discharge occurs.


In addition to these body changes, you can also ask your mom when she started her period. It’s likely that you’ll get your first period within a year or so of when she got hers. Plus, it’s a good time to have a conversation with your mom about all the changes you’re experiencing. She can also help you find the right products.


Since you’ll only have a general idea of when you’ll start your first period, you’ll want to do some planning so you can be prepared. Most girls use pads for their first period. Your first period will probably be fairly light, so Always Radiant Inifinity Teen pads will be a good choice of protection. It’s a good idea to keep a pad or two hidden in your locker at school, and put together a period kit for your backpack — so you won’t be caught off guard when it does happen.


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xogirliexo
xogirliexo
Posted August 18, 2011
I got my first period July 16th and it lasted for seven days. Yesterday I had brown streaks mixed with discharge so I put on a pantiliner last night. When I woke up, there was a little red on it. I had a lot of heavy dark brown stuff on my pad, exactly like a period, until one today, then I changed the pad there has been absolutely nothing on it since. Was this my second period? Oh, and I had some light backaches today and was craving chocplate SO MUCH last night. Do you think this could've been my second?
girlhelper
girlhelper
Posted August 18, 2011
i have a question. so i have had brown discharge for 2 days. it was like mixed in i got it yesterday and the day before. those days i think i was ovulating because it was 12 and 13 days after my last and today is the 14th so do you guys think it is that? thanks and if anyone has questions about puberty and stuff just ask me!
Sugarcandy
Sugarcandy
Posted August 17, 2011
Thanks so much for the help guys:) I've asked my mom and she says that if they havent grown a while after ive started my period shell take me to a doctor:) @girlhelper I know it's taking forever :( xx
TumblingTiger32
TumblingTiger32
Posted August 18, 2011
hey so i was wondering if i have worse pms will my period be heavier? its my 3rd :p oh my spotting, im definately getting more than normal. i usually get very tiney dots (size of ".") but yesterday there were 5 little spots, more than usual. then today i had a couple of dots, but there was a cluster of them making it look like a little bigger spot. my cramps were unbearble one night while i was ovulating. but now they hurt more than last time but its fine. but i has a really bad head ache yesterday, but it might of been because i got a sealent on my tooth (they gave me shots so it hurt my jaw. im not quite sure though. also, there was a glob of clear discharge over my cluster of red dots (tmi sorry) does it sound like ill have a heavier period? because my first 2 wer prep periods, not really flowy like haha. all answers appreciated :)
snickers#3
snickers#3
Posted August 17, 2011
Dancinpenguins: your like exactly my size! ( except for boobs lol) It feels great to know that there is someone out there like me! I just wanna grow to, trust me it will happen! We should keep in touch on here. Great t know i am not alone! :)
caligirl239
caligirl239
Posted August 18, 2011
starfire1997, ur just like me. i am 13 bout to be 14. i have pubic hair and have developing breast and discharge. i havent started yet and i hope i start soon because i want it to happen before school starts!
Puppylover7!
Puppylover7!
Posted August 17, 2011
Hi uhm I'm sort of new to this I was just wondering if any of you could guess when I should get my period? I'm 13 and 1/2, birthdays in December, i have armpit hair, pubic hair, leg, and arm hair, I've been getting vaginal discharge for 5 months (it's really heavy now), boob size is 34A, my mom got her period when she was 13, my sister got hers when she wad 14, I've been SO moody lately, and I get cramps alot. So please if anyone can guess when I will get my period I will be so happy. xoxo
MaryRosePenney
MaryRosePenney
Posted August 17, 2011
Dear ILovePolorBears, You did have your period but you didn't need to throw your undies away your mother could of just put some stain remover on the blood stains and they would of been gone. Hugs&Kisses
starfire1997
starfire1997
Posted August 17, 2011
im 13 and have had growing breasts for 2 years now. i have some pubic hair...and discharge. when will i start????
littledramaqueen
littledramaqueen
Posted August 17, 2011
Alright. Hi guys. So I really need help! I am 14 years old and I have had discharge for over 2 ,years now! on december 1 of 2010 I wiped and there was a drop of blood on the toilet papeer, 3 weeks later I had 4 or 5 small drops of blood on my underwear and thought this was my period, but it never came back, so I wasnt really sure. Now its august, I spot every once in a while and have discarge everyday and its very heavy! I just want to get my period, but I guess it really doesnt want to come.
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