Although a lot of girls get their first period symptoms between 11 and 13 years old, you could get yours anywhere between the ages of 9 and 16. Everyone has her own 'biological clock', and yours is different from anyone else's. So even if you feel like you'll never get your period, don't worry, you will! How do you know it’s on its way? Watch for these signs of a girls' first period.
First Period Symptoms Puberty in itself is a big sign that your first menstruation is on its way. Here are a few signs of your first period to look out for, too:
In addition to these body changes, you can also ask your mum when she started her period. It’s likely that you’ll get your first menstruation within a year or so of when she got hers. Plus, it’s a good time to have a conversation with your mum about all the changes that you’re experiencing. She can also help you find the right products to deal with the first period symptoms.
Period Emergency kit: Preparing for Your First Period Since you never know when your first period will arrive, it’s a great idea to be ready. Here are some ideas:
- Prepare an emergency girls first period kit containing a pantyliner, pad and clean underwear in a discreet bag
- Keep a pantyliner or pad in your book bag or handbag
- In an emergency, toilet paper can work until you can get a pantyliner or pad
- Ask a friend, school nurse or teacher for help – most schools keep extra pantyliners or pads for exactly this reason!