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When Will I Have My Period?

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Hi BeingGirl Experts,

I am 13 years old, and have been having discharge for at least three years now. It kind of comes in cycles, but not really. My mom had her period when she was 12, so I should be expecting it anytime now. I have totally developed in all the other ways, hair, and shapes, and all that jazz, but the period is not there. I am a gymnast, and train often. At the very least, eight hours a week. Could that be part of the delay??? Also, will my discharge go away once my period comes, because it is a pain—I have to wear panty shields, otherwise, it starts to smell. Is there anything I can do to stop it?

 

Anne

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Dear Anne,

Maturation is genetically determined, although your environment plays a role. Understand you have your very own internal timetable. Even though the average age of menstruation is 12½, some girls do not mature until they are 14 or 15 and this is NORMAL.

 

During the year or two before your first period (menstruation) starts, physical changes begin to happen. Most girls will start their first period 2–2 ½ years after breast development starts. (Remember this is a range, you could start before or after this.) You will know you are closer when you begin to notice a thick, white mucous discharge. This comes from the vagina, the same opening menstrual flow will leave your body through.

 

http://www.beinggirl.com/my-period/first-period is a page with links to articles you may helpful as you anticipate your first period.

 

You will have a vaginal discharge for many years. Perspiration or secreted or excreted fluid may create an odor when in contact with bacteria on your skin. Use antibacterial wipes or wash this area with soap and water if you detect an odor. Some odors are related to vaginal infections. If you have a discolored discharge or any itching or burning associated with this odor, see your doctor/healthcare provider.

 

Hope this is helpful,

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RaeKATIE283
RaeKATIE283
Posted April 01, 2013
Haha mariellove try 3 years XD
CutieGirl1041
CutieGirl1041
Posted August 23, 2012
I have symptoms that my first period will come but I havent had discharge is that normal?
mariellove
mariellove
Posted June 28, 2012
im so scared i've been having discharge for like 8 months now and i still havent had my first period yet. im so scared my period will never come
KatlynRaean1998
KatlynRaean1998
Posted April 23, 2012
Me 2!!
sweetkitty14
sweetkitty14
Posted May 05, 2012
FOR ALL YOU GIRLS WHO R EXPECTING THEIR FIRST PERIODS: An interesting fact: I learned that the time you will start having your period is mostly genetic and depends on other factors. Two of my best friends, who are both TWINS, got their periods about the same time! The smaller twin, who we all thought would probably get her period late becuz she has no breasts or other, got it one month earlier, in September. The bigger twin got it less then one month later. When the first twin got her period, their mom said to her sister, 'you're not far behind, so be ready' and yes, it happened. Both of them get NO cramps (me, envious) no mood swings and are regular. Well, by this experience, I can definitely say that the time you get your first period cannot be accelerated or slowed down, because it has its own exact time.
sweetkitty14
sweetkitty14
Posted May 05, 2012
I had discharge for like 2 years when i was 12, started developing breasts when i was 11, and got me period when i was 14.
ariana4arizona
ariana4arizona
Posted August 22, 2011
OMG! :) I am totally going through the same thing!
teeheelol
teeheelol
Posted March 25, 2012
Hi I think that u will start in like 2-3 months or like 6-12 any qustions just ask me thnx hope this helped;)
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