I am four months older than one of my friends. She has already started her period and her boobs are bigger than mine. I am jealous. I want to hit puberty quicker. What do I do?
I’m not going to lie: waiting to hit puberty can be frustrating. It’s like, all you want is to rock some womanly curves and carry around a tampon in case of emergencies, and it’s something that you literally have no control over. It’s especially annoying when it feels like all of your friends are getting there faster than you, and trust me – I know it doesn’t seem like it, but there are tons of girls out there who can totally feel your pain.
Unfortunately, like I said before, you really have no control over when you’re going to hit puberty. There’s no magic medicine or exercise you can do to speed up the process. That has to do with your body, and every girl gets there at a different time. It might happen a little bit later for you, but I promise you’ll get there. Girls normally get their first period between the ages of 11-14. But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen a few years earlier or later than that, so if you’re over the age of 14, there’s no need to worry.
I know you’re really anxious to hit puberty, but for now, you should be happy with how your body is! Think about it – you don’t have to worry about getting a totally embarrassing period stain during gym class, and you don’t have to deal with crazy mood swings. I mean, you’ll have the rest of your life to enjoy those experiences (I’m kidding, kind of), so there’s no need to rush things.
But seriously, you have nothing to worry about. Your body is changing even though you don’t realize it or see it, and one day when you don’t expect it, you’ll start to notice those changes. Don’t feel left out, because just because your younger friend has her period doesn’t mean everyone does.
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