Wondering when you’re going to get your first period? Most girls will get it between the ages of 8-years-old and 16-years-old. That eight year time span is pretty long when you’re waiting for this milestone experience to happen. When all of your friends have their periods and you feel like the only one who hasn’t gotten it yet, those eight years can feel like a lifetime – the longest lifetime ever.
Waiting for something like this with absolutely no clue as to when it will happen is super frustrating. Except… are there ways to tell when your first period is right around the corner? There are! Although these signs are not an exact science, they will give you an idea of whether you’re close to menstruation or really far off. Pay attention to these 7 signs that you’re going to get your first period soon, and in the meantime, try to relax!
Your Boobs Start GrowingOne of the very first signs that your first period is on the way is developing breasts. When your body is preparing for menstruation, your nipples raise as the milk glands and breast tissue develop. Girls usually get their first period one to three years after breasts start growing. So while breast buds don't mean you'll notice blood in your undies the next day, they do mean things have started and are just getting going. It's a good sign that everything is normal! Source: ShutterStock
You Start Growing Body Hair Down ThereAnother telltale sign that your period is on it's way is the appearance of body hair, especially pubic hair. You'll notice more hair on your legs and maybe even on your face, and you'll also start growing underarm hair. When your pubic hair first grows in, it will be soft and thin, but will eventually get more coarse and dark. Like breast development, it doesn't mean your first period is beginning that week, it just means things are running on schedule. Source: ShutterStock
You Notice Vaginal DischargeVaginal discharge just might be the biggest sign that your period is about to begin. Many girls begin to notice discharge - white or yellowish with a faint odor - six to twelve months before they get their first period. Again, this is a long time frame! Don't assume that discharge means your period is right around the corner - you may end up waiting another year. That's totally normal. Source: ShutterStock
You're Around The Same Age Your Mom Was When She Got ItIn many cases, menstruation is genetic. Ask your mom how old she was when she got her first period. If you have an older sister, ask her too. You will probably get your period around the same age. Important note: this isn't true for everyone. So, if your mom got her period at 12-years-old, and you're 14 and still don't have it, don't stress. This is something that happens with a lot of people, just not everyone. Source: ShutterStock
You Start Sweating MoreYou may notice that you're sweating more, especially under your arms. Or, you might notice that your sweat smells differently. This is totally normal and happens as you begin to develop more body hair, especially underarm hair. It's a sign that your period is coming. Source: ShutterStock
Your Boobs Feel SoreMaybe you don't notice a difference in the appearance of your breasts, but they feel super sore to you. Don't worry, that's normal. When your breasts begin to develop, they may feel sore or achy, like growing pains. Some girls have breast development, but their breasts just don't get that big, and so all they notice is the soreness. This is a sign of your body maturing. Source: ShutterStock
General Signs Of PubertyBefore you get your period for the first time, you'll notice your body going through many changes. While the signs mentioned before this are the biggest signs for menstruation, general puberty "symptoms" can also be signs. This includes a lot of acne, feeling very moody and sad, feeling arousal, and just noticing that your body is becoming different than it was before. Source: ShutterStock
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