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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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VansGirl
VansGirl
Posted July 30, 2014
I've had discharge for a while now and most of the time it's a lot. When am I going to start?? I'm ready for it. I've also had a lot of really bad cramps.
Amber0709
Amber0709
Posted July 30, 2014
Facxox you should just tell her that those are too small and you think you need a better bra shell understand
Amber0709
Amber0709
Posted July 30, 2014
Hi I'm really confused I'm 12 my mom got hers when she was 12 or 13 ( she doesn't remember) I have all the signs except for the boobs I don't know if this is because I'm going to have them small (and I'm alright with that) but I've had discharge for 14 months now will I have it soon
Facxox
Facxox
Posted July 29, 2014
Hi. @beinggirl I have had discharge for about a year and a half now. I get cramps and all the other symptoms and I'm ready. How do I know when it will come and what to do when it does
Facxox
Facxox
Posted July 29, 2014
Hey. I need a new bra, because I have big boobs but I don't know how to tell my mom that all of mine are really old and don't fit anymore?
Facxox
Facxox
Posted July 29, 2014
@beinggirl I have so many questions!!!! My mom says I'm probably going t get my first period soon bc I'm already pmsing and I need to start carrying a period survival kit. But I don't know how to pack one . Could you make a YouTube video on it?
HannahSharpeisthebomb0427
HannahSharpeisthebomb0427
Posted July 29, 2014
How long does it take to get my period after spotting???? Please anyone help!
Puberty12
Puberty12
Posted July 29, 2014
well my period is light and i have had it for 4 days and no cramps woohoo
Maguilera12
Maguilera12
Posted July 29, 2014
I am having really bad cramps but I haven't started my period yet
Sabrahh
Sabrahh
Posted July 29, 2014
I had my discharge for a while now and then I had a brownish discharge just once!! And after 2 weeks still nothing and my mom said she started hers around this time She said it might come in a month
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