When will I get my first period? It’s a question on a lot of girls’ minds. 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. Not knowing when something is going to happen can be crazy-making. 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 provide 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 nothing to worry about!) if you get your period earlier or later than your friends. Ask your mom or older sister when she got her 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 physical changes that will happen before you get your first period:
Can I make my period come sooner or later?
- You’ve started growing breasts buds, little berry-sized mounds under your nipples
- You’ve started growing pubic hair
- You’ve started getting vaginal discharge – a clear or milky liquid that you notice on your knickers
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.
You can use ALWAYS Dailies Panty liners to help absorb daily discharge, and stock up on ALWAYS pads to be ready for the day your period arrive. 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.