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Added June 02, 2014

8 Common Questions about Your First Period

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Waiting for your first period to start? We’re sure your head is buzzing with questions and anticipation! Check out these eight common questions from girls just like you.


1. How old will I be when I get my first period?

Some girls start their first period at 8 or 9 years old, while others don't start it until they're 15 or 16. The average age is 12 or 13. The best way to figure out when you may start menstruating is to look for other signs of development, and ask your mom or older sister when they started their first period.



2. Will I start my period when my mom started hers?

Most likely you will. If your mom starter her period at 15 years old, there’s a big chance you might start within a year of that time. There is scientific evidence showing genetic factors influence the onset age of menstruation.


3. Why haven’t I started my period yet?

Everyone has her own “biological clock,” and yours is different from anyone else's. So even if you feel like you'll never get your period, don't worry, you will!


4. How do I know if my first period is coming?

Look for signs of your first period. First, your breasts will start to develop, and hair may begin to grow in the pubic area (between your legs) and in your armpits. During this time you may notice a whitish discharge from your vagina. This is normal. A few months after that, you'll likely start your first period. When it actually begins, you might feel dampness on your underwear, which is probably a few drops of blood.


5. How long will my period last?

It's different for everyone. Some girls menstruate for only three days, while others menstruate for as long as seven or eight. The average is four to five days.


6. What if I never get my period?

Girls who reach the age of 16 without menstruating may have primary amenorrhea (lack of menstrual flow). Primary amenorrhea requires careful medical testing, diagnosis and therapy, so we suggest you consult your family doctor.


7. Is there any way to stop my periods every month?

Menstrual flow is the result of hormonal action. Therefore, there is no medically safe way to stop menstruation or control the amount of flow. It is healthy and completely normal to have your period each month. So stay positive.


8. When will I stop having my period for good?

Women get periods until menopause, which is when menstruation and the ability to have children stops. In most women, it usually happens in their late 40s or early 50s. But menopause can happen earlier or later. Some women may stop menstruation by the time they're 35 years old, and others may not stop until their late 50s.


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kittygirllove346
kittygirllove346
Posted July 24, 2014
OK I just started discharge like a week ago so I'm starting my period soon
septembrcutie919
septembrcutie919
Posted July 24, 2014
I just got my first period on july 3rd and it didn't end till yesterday it was very long and tips to people who have not started it will be brown on the first day because its old blood
AFRICANpink
AFRICANpink
Posted July 24, 2014
When should a girl change her pad, is it every 4 hours, 5hours.Someone should please answer me, I'm confused
DJ Candy
DJ Candy
Posted July 24, 2014
I'm guessing @wednesday is a robot since she answers the same thing every time
CandyLover13
CandyLover13
Posted July 24, 2014
@tinyteen13 Before I got my period I was confused just like you! Every little thing I thought was my period, but now I'm like, why in the world did I want my period so bad?! I didnt understand when my mom said, "trust me you dont want it" BUT NOW I DO! To any girl out there who wants her period: You dont! Its gross, you smell, you get cramps, your moody... ITS JUST NOT FUN. Still stay positive though, getting your period means your healthy, But enjoy your time without it first, it comes when you least expect it...THATS TRUE, everyone would always tell me that but I never listened, but as soon as I let my guard down BOOM ~Hope I helped :)
Posted July 24, 2014
I get bad cramp but I do not have my period yet. Please comment
twinklegirl
twinklegirl
Posted July 24, 2014
wow great advice thanks
pinkiepielover
pinkiepielover
Posted July 24, 2014
i had mine when i was 12 too
Wednesday
Wednesday
Posted June 18, 2014
To Arialewis! For now be happy you don't your period. Every girl is different. Only "Mother Nature" knows when you will start. I didn't start until I was 15 1/2. Keep wearing pantiliners and check yourself each time you use the restroom. Start carrying supplies with you and in your locker such as: pads, tampons (when you are ready for them), wipes, Midol, Aleve, Motrin, etc. (for cramps), quarters for the machines, an extra pair of panties, etc. If you forget your supplies you can ask your friends, any female teacher, the school nurse or the school office. Use the handicap stall, if available. This stall usually gives you more room to change your supplies and your clothes, if the need arises. Don't let anyone rush you even if there's a waiting line for the stalls. If you have anymore questions, just ask.
Doll Baby
Doll Baby
Posted July 24, 2014
I just had a quick question on why myself personally get my period every couple months for three or four days. Now sometimes it could be seven months or ten months and last year or the year before where i didn't come on at all and I've started when i was eleven years old. I've noticed how sleepy I've gotten and weak and for a long time I didn't want to eat anything. I've been dizzy and almost about to faint a couple times. I just want to know should i be worried about my body with my period pattern like this.
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