When will my first period start?

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When will I start my first period?
A Quiz for tweens

Feeling unsure about when your first period will start? Find out in just 2 minutes with this first period quiz.
(If you’re a parent, you might find my parent guide helpful with preparing your child for puberty)

How old are you?

Are you about the same age your mum was, when she had her first period?
(Plus or minus a year)

Have you started to grow pubic hair or armpit hair?
(Pubic hair is  hair that grows down below, around your vulva.)
Have you started to grow breasts?
Have you started to feel wet down below? Between your legs?
You might notice it when you go to the toilet, or think you have wet yourself (but you haven't), or you might notice some white or yellow patches in the crutch of your underpants. Or it can feel sticky. (This is called vaginal discharge.)
Has this wetness started sometime in the last 6 months?
Have you noticed if you've been more wet lately?
Like when you go to the toilet and wipe yourself with toilet paper, there might be more wetness then what you usually have. Or you might notice that the wetness happens more often than it used to. Or more white/yellow patches in your underwear than you've had before.

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    hello so I’m 12 and have been going puberty I’ve been developing breasts for 3 years now but they’re still not big I’m just about 100 pounds I’m the same age as my mom… I just spotted a few days ago a few months ago I grew 4 inches… but what I’ve been noticing in the past few days is I’ve been peeing a lot more than normal and a few weeks ago I felt nauseous every now and then… is any sign I’m going to start soon?

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      It’s hard to say as a first period experience is different for everyone. By spotting, I assume you mean a little bit or red or brown discharge that you may have noticed when wiping or staining your underpants? If yes, then technically you’ve had your first period (Yes, a bit of a disappointment as everyone expects 3-5 days of heavy bleeding). Now your body is still learning how to do this period thing, and sometimes it can take a few months for it to get it right. So you just have to wait and see what happens over the next few months. Just make sure you carry some pads with you at school, just in case you start bleeding there. Also, because your uterus is right next to your bladder and bowel, some people do find the pee or poo more around their period. I hope that helps!

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        yes! i’m just a bit confused because it was the first time I spotted and I didn’t think that was my period but with symptoms I get it

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          our bodies can be so strange and it is easy to get confused as you never hear people talk about spotting as a first period. I may have to fix that!

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    I just turned 11 at the end of February and I have had pubic hair for a little over 2 1/2 years and my breast have been growing for about a year and a 1/2 and I have had frequent vaginal discharge since November and my mom had her period around 11 1/2

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    Hey I just turned 13 in March and I still haven’t gotten my period yet. I am kind of excited for it because my breasts will develop and I can feel like a women. I have spotted once when I was 12 but I never got my period after that. I have been having heavy discharge but There’s no blood. Once in the summer time I had really bad cramps so I went swimming and it helped. You seem like you know a lot about periods. Can you estimate when I might be getting my period? I know it’s supposed to be approximately a year after pubic and breast development but I think its been a year. I barely have any armpit hair though but I have a good amount of pubic hair. I think I’m in stage 3 of puberty in girls but I can’t wait. I want to be apart of the period talks with all my friends. Hellppp

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      Hi Amaris, it is one of those things that is really difficult to predict! average age is 12 to 13, and some girls can be as old as 15, even 16! So it is just a matter of waiting – which will feel like it takes forever! Just make sure you have a period kit in your school bag, with some pads, so that you’re prepared!

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    My mother and my sister got there period at the ages of 11 and 12. I still haven’t gotten it and I’m 13

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      it’ll happen when you’re body thinks it’s ready for it to happen, you just have to wait it out!!!!

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    Hey I’m 9 years old almost 10 an i have 3 of the symptoms should I make a period kit? And I’m scared…

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      It’s up to you. My daughter carried one in her school bag for nearly 3 years before she needed it, and it made her feel a lot less worried about her period starting. Why not try to have a chat to mum, about when her period started and see what she thinks!

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      Hi Maisie!
      Working out when exactly a period will happen is tricky. The trickiest change to identify is the vaginal discharge, as it needs to be the right type of discharge.
      Cramps can sometimes indicate that the uterus is getting closer to a first period, but I have known girls to have cramps and still no period a year later. And for others, a period within a few months
      Everyone is different!
      So, the best thing to do is to make sure you have some pads and a spare pair of undies in your school bad, just in case it starts at school.
      Another thing to consider is period pants, as you can wear them and if your period does start, they’ll absorb the blood with no leaking or staining onto clothes – https://sexedrescue.com/menstruation-products/#tab-con-6
      I hope that answer helps!

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    Hi im Lucy and im 11 years old same age as my mom got hers i am craving junk food and not got Any arm pit hair but ALOT OF PUBIC HAIR ALMOST FULLY GROWN i shave my legs and im not sure how much i way but i dont think it is much and my breasts are HUGE im a B cup i have had discharges for 12 months and it is starting to go thick when do you think i Will get it ! ( sorry for Any spelling mistakes ive just moved into the US 4 months ago but im from sweden 🇸🇪)

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      Hi Lucy! Knowing when exactly a period will start is quite tricky! And spotting the right type of vaginal discharge is even trickier. So the best thing to do is to keep a spare pair of knickers and some pads in your schoolbag – either a zippered pocket or in a small purse/bag. This way you know you’ll have the gear you need if it starts at school. Another thing to consider is period pants, as you can wear them and if your period does start, they’ll absorb the blood with no leaking or staining onto clothes – https://sexedrescue.com/menstruation-products/#tab-con-6
      I hope that helps! Cath

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    Hi so I am about to turn 12 and I have been going through puberty and my breast have been growing for about 2 1/2 and I have been having frequent vaginal discharge since mid November and my mom told me she had hers at 12.

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    I’m 11 and in turn 12 in February 2020
    I have been developing breasts for about 2 year (I have cup AA)

    Discharge for about 1,5 years (So much I have to wear pantiliners)

    I have so much hair everywhere!! Especially down there and I also have sort of much pit hair.

    I have cramps, mood swings, bloated feeling, etc. Everyday sometimes I also feel nauseous sometimes for no reason. And the last time I’ve peed a lot more then I did before while I’m not drinking more or something

    I’m about the same age as my mom got hers

    And I weight about 100 pounds

    And I grew a lot this year (idk how much)

    And for the last 2 days a little bit of my discharge looked a bit light reddish/brownish

    Is it possible that I am getting it soon?

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      Hi Jessie! Yes, that sounds like the start of a period.
      Blood can come in many different shades of red. Think of when you cut yourself, and the blood is red. And then you put a bandaid/sticky plaster on the cut. The next day, when you pull the bandaid off, the blood has changed colour to a brown-red colouor because it is older/dried up blood. And period blood is the same. Sometimes it can a little while for it to travel from the uterus to the outside of the body, which means it can change colour on the way.
      So have a chat to parent , get some pads and see what happens over the next few days!
      Cheers, cath!

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    Hello, I’m 12 and I’ve had pubic hair for about 1 1/2 years, My breasts are tender and still growing (they are more like muffins), I have. Bunch of discharge that fill my underwear and 1 once a month I have a really bad cramp maybe 2 times a month. My mom started her period when she was 11 so does that mean that I will start? And is there a way to know If I will have heavy bleeding?

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      Hi Lillian, it is so hard to give a close estimate. Thee’s a very good chance that you will start at about the same age as your mum, but then again, you might not either. And there is no way to know if you will have heavy bleeding. Our periods are funny things, and the number of days that you bleed, and the amount of blood will change during your whole life. It’s just a matter of waiting and being aware!
      I hope that answers your question!

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    Hi I am 10 years old almost 11, and my mom started her period when she was 10. She said that she started the summer before 6th grade and I am almost done with 5th grade. I have all of the symptoms, and I have gotten cramps quite a bit. Does this mean that I will start my period soon? I’m also scared….

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      Hi Josie! First periods can be scary. It’s a new thing that is going to happen, that has never happened before!
      There is a very good chance that your period may start soon (like your mum) but then again it may not. For example, one of my sisters started her period late (13-14), and so far two of her daughters have started their periods at the age of 10! So as you can see, it isn’t reliable.
      Cramps can be a sign but they too, aren’t reliable. I have known some kids to get cramps that happen for a few months and then no period until 6 months later. Whereas others might get cramps for a few months/days and then a period.
      The human body does what it wants to do and when it’s ready, which means that guessing can be hard.
      Main thing, is to keep chatting to your mom, and make sure you carry some period supplies in your schoolbag, so that if it does start at school, then you’ll be prepared.
      I hope that helps!

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    Hi my name is Ava im 11 and i turn 12 this year i have lots of hair down there, some armpit hair, my breasts are starting to grow and are tender (they really hurt),I feel bloated, i have intense miod swings and i have TONS of discharge so bad it feels like im peeing myself and theres just alot. i weigh i think 90 pounds and i just really want my period and for some reason just because u want my period so bad i wont get it and its really stressing me out.

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      Hi Ava, waiting for that first period is really hard. It sounds like you have a lot of the symptoms that need to happen before a period BUT our bodies do their own thing (and don’t always follow the rules). It might start in the next couple of months, and then again, it might not.
      So it’s just a matter of waiting and remembering that you’re not alone (as lots of other girls are in the same boat)

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    Hello I’m twelve and I have a lot of discharge I have cramps and mood swings all the time this month I have been feeling very bloated I have a lot of hair down there and on my armpits legs and arms and my I have been growing a lot I have been craving a lot of things like chocolate and pretzels and stuff like that I have been getting very sweaty down there and my arm pits I got an app that would help me but it’s not can you tell me what’s wrong

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      Hi Gracie! Hormones are what makes puberty and growing up happen. So they make our body and brain change and grow. Which means you’ll start to feel different. Sometimes it can take a little while to get used to these new changes, but as your body gets used to what’s going on, you should start to feel better about things! Have a chat to your mum too, if you can, as she might have some tips on what you can do.

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    Hi I’m 11 turning 12 in August and I think I’ve started puberty because I have been getting some pimples and I have quite a bit of thick black pubic hair and some armpit hair my breasts have been developing for about 1 1/2 years I often get really bad cramps and moodswings along with headache I’ve grown about 3 or 4 inches in the past few months but i dont think I’ve had any discharge…Is there any telling when ill start

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      Hi Emma. I’m sorry, but there is no way to tell when exactly it will start, as everyone is different. The only thing we do know for sure, is that 3 things must happen – pubic hair, breasts and vaginal discharge. Once they happen, your period should start within the next 6 months! I hope that helps!

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