Now What About that Period Thing for Girls

When will my first period come???? Since you first heard the word “period,” you’ve probably been wondering what it is and when you’d get your first period. Although most girls get their first period between 11–14 years old, you could start your period anywhere from 8–17 years old.

 

You could narrow that down by taking clues from your body. During puberty, when your body becomes sexually mature, you’ll have some of these changes that show your period’s on its way. (By the way, these changes may happen in a different order than listed here.)

 

  • Developing Breasts. First, you’ll get breast “buds.” (Your breasts then can take up to 3–4 years to fully develop.) Generally you will get your period 2–3 years after your breasts start developing. 

 

  • Growing Pubic Hair. Right after your breasts start to form, you’llstart developing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first, thengradually become coarser. Your period usually arrives around 1–2 years after the hair development.

 

  • Discharge. This is the big sign. You’ll start to experience vaginal discharge that will be either white or yellowish. If you like, you may want to start using Always Pantiliners to protect yourunderwear. Your period should start around 6–12 (but up to 18) months after the start of discharge.

 

There’s one more way to figure out when you’ll start your period: Ask your mom. You’ll probably get your first period within a year or so of when she got hers. 

 

Since you’ll only have a general idea of when you’ll get your period, you might want to do some planning.

 

Most girls will use pads at least for their first period. Your first period will probably be fairly light, so Always Thin Maxi Regular or Always Thin Ultra Regular would be a good choice of pad. If you are physically small, you may want to consider Always Thin Ultra Slender. It’s a good idea to keep a pad or two hidden in your locker at school, and carry another in your backpack. This way you won’t be caught off guard when it does happen.

 

Relax. You will get your period, and you’ll have them for a long time!

 

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