8 Common Questions about Your First Period
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?
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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