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It is natural for many young girls to wonder when they will have their very first period, especially if most or all their friends have. Take courage, this is common. There is nothing weird, strange different or abnormal about you, and you are not alone.

The Good and Bad News About Your First Period

You cannot wait to have your first period right? Something must be wrong with you? Wrong! There must be something you can do to have your first period right? Wrong again. The Bad News? Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to start your period prematurely. You CANNOT speed up the natural menstrual cycle, and there is no way to precisely pin-point exactly when you can expect your first menstrual period. The Good News? You will have your first period (hopefully sooner than you rather than later in your case) and yes-you will eventually get a period, so just be patient.

Puberty and Your First Period

Typically a girl's first period should begin sometime during the puberty years, which is when she starts becoming an adult. At this time, you she experiences many different changes as her body changes (internally and externally).

For most girls, the first period will begin approximately 2-3 years following the time they start to develop breasts.

Breast development and/or pubic hair are usually the first signs of puberty. Some girls do get their period in less than 2 years however, for others this could also take a bit longer, but again this is nothing to panic about since each girl is different. Therefore, while some girls can start as early as 7-8 years old, while others may start when they are 13 or 14 and in many cases even a few years later.

Patience Is A Virtue

Again, if you are 14, 15 or even a bit older and you are still not getting a period, it is no indication that something is wrong with you. Be aware that very often, many young girls do not and will not get a period until a bit later. Periods can be delayed  based on your lifestyles and other circumstances including but not limited to: hormone imbalances; if you are underweight; has a history of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia; is very athletic and engages and competes vigorously; or if you are severely stressed.  Also, each person is different, and will develop at a different pace. This explains why some girls experience puberty and first periods earlier and others will do so later. Be patient, and try focusing on other things.

What to Expect

If you notice an unusual mucous and a thick, white discharge coming from your vagina, it is usually a sign a period is close. Also note that you could start getting this discharge well in advance of that first period. For example, you could have a discharge that you will notice e right away, as it will be unusual for you even 5-6 months before. Once you have had your first period, it is also important to know and remember that you will most likely have unpredictable, erratic, irregular or sparse periods. In other words, getting that first period does not mean you will have it the same time and with the same experiences every month. Especially as this is a new process for your body. Instead, you will find that it will take a while for your cycle to become regular. This more regular or fixed cycle could take a year or even 2 years in some cases.

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