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Dr Tariq Miskry, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician
Starting your period is a big sign that you’re growing up.
And trying to figure out when it’s going to happen can make you anxious, which is perfectly understandable.
Here’s the (only kind of) bad news. There is no way to know exactly when you’ll get your first period.
But knowing generally when girls get their period can give you some guidance!
At what age do girls get their period?
Most girls get their period somewhere between the age of 10 and 16, with the majority being around 12 years old. However - keep in mind that these are just estimates.
It is totally normal (and normally nothing to worry about!) if you get your period earlier or later than your friends.
Ask your mom or older sister when they got their first period. This can provide another general indication of when you may get yours.
If you haven’t started your period by age 16, you may want to consult a doctor.
What are the signs my period is coming?
There are a few changes your body will go through before starting your period. While not an exact answer to the question when will my period start, they can provide a really good clue that your period might be just around the corner.
Here are the physical changes that happen before you get your first period:
Can I make my period come sooner or later?
There is no way of fiddling with when your period comes. You can’t make it come sooner and you can’t make it come later. Your body is on its own unique time clock.
If you’re one of the first of your friends to get your period, you might be in a good position to guide your friends when they get their period. On the other hand, if you’re one of the last in your class to start menstruating – don’t worry.
Think of it as an advantage. Your pals can help you understand what to expect and how to be prepared.
Knowing when to expect your period is not an exact science. When will you get your first period? Time (and your body) will tell.
How can I prepare for my period?
While there’s no accurate way of predicting the exact day you’ll be starting your period, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little prep work beforehand.
If you’ve started to notice the body changes noted above, then start stocking up with the right products.
Always Ultra pads have a super absorbent core that turns liquid into gel, keeping your skin dry and comfortable and providing up to 100% leakage protection.
This can go a long way in providing extra peace of mind for a first-time menstruater.