When Will I Get My Period?

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When Will I Get My Period?

Hi,

I'm 13 and I am the only girl in my class that hasn't had my period . When I was ten I really wanted my period and I had already
wait for 3 years but nothing please help me my friends said that when I'm 12 I supposed to have my period please help me I don't know what to do.

H

 

Hi H,

We get asked this question a lot, and the disappointing thing is that nobody has a crystal ball to predict exactly when your period will start. We know that your brain feels ready, but your body is not. I can offer some information about puberty that may help you understand your body better while you are waiting for the big day to come.

Every person goes through puberty at her/his own pace, which can be frustrating when you are either far ahead of, or way behind your friends. At the beginning of puberty, you will notice that your breasts are developing and pubic hair is growing on your genitals and under your arms. Many girls will get their first period about 2-2 ½ years after they notice their breasts developing, but it could be more or less depending on your body. When you notice a clear or whitish discharge coming from your vagina, this is a sign that your period is coming in the next few months to a year. 

You can also ask your mom or sisters when they started their period since the timing of puberty can be inherited. While you’re waiting for your period to begin, it may help to think about the fact that most women get their period for decades before it stops (menopause) in their late 40’s or early 50’s.

Ms. KnowBody