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:
Developing breast 'buds': It can take three to four years for your breasts to then fully develop, but you can expect your period about two years after yourbreasts start developing.
Growing pubic hair: Just after your breasts start to form, you'll probably start growing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first, but it’ll get coarser over time. Your period usually arrives around one to two years after.
Discharge: Vaginal discharge (white or yellowish fluid) is usually a sure sign that your first period is on its way. You may want to start using ALWAYS Panty Liners to protect your underwear. A girls first period should start in the next few months! You will find out more information about vaginal discharge in our article Vaginal discharge: Icky but Amazing.
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 panty liner, pad and clean underwear in a discreet bag
- Keep a panty liner or pad in your book bag or purse
- In an emergency, toilet paper can work until you can get a panty liner or pad
- Ask a friend, school nurse or teacher for help — most schools keep extra panty liners or pads for exactly this reason!