Let’s Stop Freaking Out About Early Puberty, Okay?

young-girl-could-face-early-pubertyBesides, studies show that by age seven, 1 in 10 white girls, nearly 1 in 4 African-American girls, and close to 2 in 10 Hispanic girls are already developing breasts. With numbers like that, this “early puberty” thing seems pretty common (and normal!) to me.

Apparently, some parents are insisting on their daughters getting hormone shots to slow down the progress of puberty–but the scary thing is that these same shots that can keep a little girl “little” can also cause things like osteoperosis, a serious condition that involves the weakening of your bones. Is that worth it? I don’t think so, and I bet if girls were given a choice, they’d say they didn’t want the shots, either!

Nobody knows for sure what’s causing really young girls to start developing breasts, but if I know anything about girls, I know that when we start getting breasts or our period starts or–whatever–it’s mortifying, and we just want to be left alone about it.

It seems like there are some things parents can do when their daughters are babies and toddlers that might help prevent early puberty–like making sure their kids eat healthy food without hormones, that they exercise, and that they do not become obese–but once a girl is already hitting puberty, no matter how old she is, isn’t that time to just accept it and try to support her the best you can? I think so, especially since girls who develop early are already at higher risk of having low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders. Youch! Girls who hit puberty early need extra love and hugs–not prescription drugs!

So if you started developing early, maybe even before all your friends, try not to freak out. It’s actually pretty normal now. No, it’s not super fun to go through all these changes, but we all go through it sometime. You are not alone!

How old were you when you started developing? Did you feel kind of embarrassed about it? How old were you when you got your first period? Do you think early puberty is something we should freak out about? Tell me everything in the comments!

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  • Talia G.

    I AM turning 13 in a month

  • Kitty

    I got my period at 13 and started developing breasts around age 11. I was not as “boy crazy” as my friends and would rather play outside than have makeovers. My opinion of early puberty is that the earliest it should be is 8. I’m not being inconsiderate to those who were earlier than 8. Also, age 8 is usually the earliest ages parents have “the talk” with their children.

  • Luki16

    All of the girls in my class had breasts when we were 13.

  • aysiaj

    I’m 14 right now. I started wearing training bras at age 10 (my mom forced me) and a real bra when I was 11 (also forced). My first period was when i was 12. My bra size is now 32C. I’m 5 foot and i weigh 99.7 pounds. I think that my boobs are a little bigger for my size when i read these comments but i’m proud. I also think I started my period a tad early.

  • Beth

    tell you what! i got when i was 14 and the whole school had got it…..i was the “left one out”

  • Coolgirl3

    I got my period when I was 11 almost 12 and I started developing breasts when I was 10. I am now 5 feet, 34A bra size and about 80 pounds( I know I’m rather skinny)

  • Brandi

    I started getting hair on my body in 3rd grade. I was overweight which could have caused me to start developing sooner. (I lost all the weight and now I’m at a healthy weight though finally!). I’m around 34B/32B. I started my period when I was 11. I’m very short though, 5’0 and I’m hoping I can get taller.

  • Olivia

    I’m 13 now. I started wearing training bras at age 10 (my mom forced me) and a real bra when I was 11 (also forced). My first period was about 3 months before I turned 13. My bra size is now 36B. So I consider that kind of normal.

  • Maisie

    I’m 16 years old, and I only got my period about 2 years ago, which seems really old compared to everyone else’s stories. All my friends got theirs around the same time though, which makes me wonder if there’s something (other than genetics) that affects the age you get it at. Obviously your diet and the hormones in your food will affect it, but what about your environment and what you are exposed to? I’ve never heard of anyone under the age of 11 getting their period, and I’m wondering why.

  • Chicster

    I started getting pubic hair at like 9/10 and we had to have swimming lessons and change in a big changing room together everyone was looking at me and thinking what the hell is wrong with you

  • Ashley

    My boobs started growing when i was about 9 or 10. I got periods started just after one month of my 12th birthday. It was all wierd for me. Too much! I cried foe 2 hour at least that day! I don’t ever wanted to be a woman hat early! :'(

  • Laura

    I think you have this incorrect…early puberty can slow a girl’s growth rate, meaning she would not grow to her full height. Plus, early puberty can mean her bones stop growing which can cause osteoporosis. The issue isn’t the breasts or periods…it’s the impact puberty has on the girl’s growth cycle. Early puberty means premature aging.

    • Caitlin

      Ah, shit! So imma be tiny all my life??!!!?

  • Sherley

    I got my first period a week after my fourteenth birthday. I’m not sure when I started developing anything because I was on the chubbier side. Imagine that! I was a complete freak freshman year because I didn’t feel as boy-crazed as everyone else, and I was completely unaware of how a period felt! But sophomore year I started to change and I got lost all my baby fat, and I got my first boyfriend and everything! Yep, my teenage years started a little late for me, but I’m enjoying them!

  • Joanna

    I was almost 13 when I got my first period… I was so old compared to you guys!

    • theunicorn

      That’s when I got mine. Lucky we got it a little later, cause they suck.

  • MonsterUnicorn

    I started at the rodeo in 4th grade it was so awkward…. I’m glad I had jeans on not uniform khakis!!

  • sammieboo6291

    I got mi period when I was 9 and I started growing tits when I was 8. I Neva felt embarrassed or anything I just thought that it was normal. Now I’m a size 36 D and I’m only in 8th grade. 😉

  • Aoife

    I started growing breasts when I was about 9 years old. If I wasn’t already a (UK) C cup by the time I was 11, I was certainly nearing it. Though there’s a first year in my school (she would be about 11 or 12) who’s got DOUBLE D cups and is very slim. I really want to know how this could be.
    I got my period when I was 11 on a school trip over night(…yeah it wasn’t fun especially when all the boys in my class found out) but yet my Mum got hers when she was 14. I wasn’t scared or anything when I got it; i’d talked about it with my Mum for quite some time before and I was actually looking forward about having it, so I was happy when I got it. Almost three years later and I loathe the time when it comes.
    From what I gathered, besides my aunt who was 8 when she got her period, I think i’m the youngest in my family to get mine, though I could be wrong.

  • Toni

    I’m 11 years old and I started developing breasts at nine years old
    I was 10 when I had my period, the first in my class. I have no mother
    So it was pretty difficult understanding things from my fathers point of view.
    I am used to my periods now, and I find it easier to use pads than tampons
    By the way. I was quite scared at first, but my dad had me visit a nurse so she
    Could tell me about the changes(I think he was scared). But in the end I know
    All I need to know(well, mostly). Early periods can be scary but they’re not that bad.
    And by the way Anna, my breasts are large for my age(I’ve had boys tell me so) and
    A C cup in year 3, no offense but I think that is quite far fetched. Then again, I am
    British and I do think they call cups by different names? I don’t know, I will have to research, but if it is a British C cup you speak of, that is ridiculously huge.

    • Caitlin

      Im a double d im fourteen ad english

  • Anna

    R u kidding me i got my period when i was nine in fourth grade and I had huge boobs when i was in third grade i was a c cup in third grade.

    • Hatetobehuman

      If you are still on here, how much did you weight? My baby is in the third grade now with boobs and got her period 2 months ago 🙁

  • Kemai

    Another problem with early puberty is that its onset is can somtimes be representative of sexual abuse and so being able to stop cases that are caused by poor diet and genetic factors can help to narrow down the amount of cases that occur wo that when it happens in cases of child abuse it can be more easily assessed and prosecuted as well as to limit the medical issues that can be caused by younger girls having their periods (cancer,dieseases,early menopause)