Although a lot of girls get their first period between 11 and 13 years old, you could get yours anywhere between 9 and 16. How do you know it’s on its way?
Watch for these signs.
First Period Symptoms
Puberty in itself is a big sign that your first period’s on its way. Here are a few to look out for, too:
Preparing for Your First Period
Developing breast "buds": It can take three to four years for your breasts to then fully develop, but you can expect your period about two years after
your breasts start developing.
Growing pubic hair: Just after your breasts start to form, you'll probably start growing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first, but it’ll get
coarser over time. Your period usually arrives around one to two years after.
Discharge: Vaginal discharge (white or yellowish fluid) is usually a sure sign that your first period is on its way. You may want to start using Always pantiliners to
protect your underwear. Your period should start in the next few months!
Since you never know when your first period will arrive, it’s a great idea to be ready. Here are some ideas:
Prepare an emergency kit containing a pantiliner, pad and clean underwear in a discreet bag
Keep a pantiliner or pad in your book bag or purse
In an emergency, toilet paper can work until you can get a pantiliner or pad
Ask a friend, school nurse or teacher for help — most schools keep extra pantiliners or pads for exactly this reason!