When Will I Get My First Period?

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Hey Heather,

I don’t know what to do! I am 14 years old and I haven’t gotten my period. I do have discharge every day, but not a lot. I’m also going to be turning 15 in November. My best friend started her period already, even my cousin who’s only 11 started her period at 10. So I don’t know what to do. Should I wear pads in case it happens in public? Will it show through my pants the first time? It’s summer time and I wear shorts, so any suggestions? Can you estimate when I will be having my period?

Every gURL gets her period at a different age, so just because you haven’t yet doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. Puberty can begin in gURLs, and menstruation can start any time from the ages of 8 to 15, give or take. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you when you’ll get your period, but it will probably happen within the next few months or years.

Every gURL’s first period is different. Sometimes it can show through your pants, but it doesn’t always. Feel free to wear shorts as much as you want. The first time is usually only a small amount of blood, so as long as you put on a pad right away, you’ll be okay. You should be prepared when the time comes, but there’s no need to wear pads if you haven’t gotten it yet. Like I told this gURL, carry around a small bag with one pad inside so that you’ll always have it if you need it.

As for the vaginal discharge, it’s your vagina’s way of self-cleaning and getting rid of bacteria down there. Harmless discharge is usually a small amount of transparent liquid that is odorless, but it can vary for everyone. As long as you aren’t experiencing itching, discomfort or any kind of pain, you don’t need to worry about it.

Don’t stress about it too much — you’ll get your period eventually! And if you’re really worried, you can always talk to your mom, a school nurse or your doctor.

What about you, gURLs? Have you gotten your first period yet? When did you get it? Share your tips and advice below.

take care,


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  • Ash Rose

    I’ve not started my period yet, but I’ve basically gone through everything else: I’ve got boobs, I get mood swings (sort of like PMS, I guess), I get quite bad abdominal cramps, my ribs have gone in and my pelvis (waist) has gone out over the past 4 years or so and my skin is greasy and covered in acne. I guess it’s only a matter of time now!

  • Kimi

    I’m 14, have had all the signs for 3 years, and am already a year past when my mom got hers:/ I’m depressed because all my friends have it and I feel young in comparison 🙁 do you think I’ll get it soon because I’m beginning to worry and please don’t say I don’t want it because I kinda don’t but I’m just worrying so please help!!!!!!!!!

  • Tasia

    Yeah I am 13 too and I haven’t gotten my period. All my friends who are 10 have it already. They have pads everywhere in their backpack at school. And people go through my backpack to see pads but all they really see is notebooks, folders, books etc. I’m having signs like I always crave food, I have discharge, I have had pubic hair for 3 years now, I have had big boobs for like 3 years also, I have had underarm hair for 3 years also, i have had hairy legs for 3 years also, I have zits on my forehead, I have stomach aches but I wouldn’t really say cramps though. Please am I about to have my period?

  • DairyQueen12345

    I’m so upset I really want my period, all of my friends have it and its not fair, also my sister and cousin also have it as well. I feel so left out I just want it so I can be a women already Oh my god! Also so I can miss swimming class 😉 Someone please reply, thanks!

    • taylor

      what the heck why do you want your period
      and why isn’t it fair..its a freaking period