When should I get my first period?


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Lily Bradic Profile
Lily Bradic answered

This really depends how fast your body develops. Girls today are starting their periods earlier than they would have a century ago — now at around the age of twelve or thirteen.

Why Do Some Girls Start Their Periods Earlier Than Others?

Really, there's no way of knowing for sure, but experts have found links between early periods and the following factors:

  • Stressful or hectic home environment
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise as a child
  • Pre-eclampsia in the womb
  • Exposure to second- or first-hand smoke
  • Genetic make-up
  • Diet and nutrition

How Will I Know When I'm Going To Start My Period?

You can't, unfortunately. A good indicator is often the development of breasts and pubic hair, but your period could still come a good year after this starts to happen.

It might be worth asking a female relative about it, if you can. However, just because they started early or late, it doesn't mean you will too. You might be able to get a rough idea, though — and some advice on how to deal with it, as well.

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Melinda Moore
Melinda Moore commented
I watched a programme several years ago that said that, in some countries where chicken was a major feature of the population's diet, girls were beginning to ovulate as young as eight or nine - which was thought to be due to hormones being added to chickenfeed in order to produce bigger, fatter chickens more cheaply and more quickly.
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Michaela beney answered

usually about the age of 11 or 12 but some don't until 16. So as soon as you body has matured you will start but if you have not started by 20 then you should speak with you doctor just to check everything is okay and that nothing is wrong.

hope this helps

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