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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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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.
Arialewis
Arialewis
Posted June 16, 2014
Okay I'm 13 almost 14 and I have boobs and a lot of pubic hair (I shave) and armpit hair and I have grown about 2 inches for my growth spurt thing and I have had discharge for like 3 years had light heavy and even goop so I wear pantiliner sometimes. So like when will I get my period?! Because I have had discharge forever since 5th grade and now I'm in 8th grade.
goldenduckie
goldenduckie
Posted June 07, 2014
I had mine when I was 11
talata
talata
Posted May 30, 2014
i had my period when i was 12
JoJo7845
JoJo7845
Posted June 07, 2014
I'm so confused !! Ever since yesterday, I've been having stomach pain that goes on and off (probably cramps). I turned 13 a few months ago and been having discharge for about 10 months. Should i get my period this week ??? My mom got her period when she was 9 and my sister got hers at 10. Is there something wrong ?
Wednesday
Wednesday
Posted June 09, 2014
To JoJo7845! You are fine. There's nothing wrong with you. Every girl is different. I didn't start until I was 15 1/2. Start wearing pantiliners (if you haven't already). They will protect your clothes and keep you feeling fresh. 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, 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.
Tinyteen13
Tinyteen13
Posted May 30, 2014
I'm so confused!!! I had ALL the symptoms of a first period for the month of April, and they just disappeared this month!!! Is that normal, and if so does this happen a couple of times before your first period??? Thankyou so much!!!
Turtle lover
Turtle lover
Posted May 19, 2014
@Dance123 yes it is normal for discharge to be yellow but if it is really REALLY yellow and has a smell then you may want to go to your doctor or tell your mom hoped I helped !!:)
b_delbiondo
b_delbiondo
Posted May 24, 2014
Does vaginal discharge come out heavily before your very first period cuz I've been having discharge for about a little less than a year so someone help!?!?
Posted May 30, 2014
I want mine so bad but then I dont Because people say you will regret it
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