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When did you get your first period? Anonymous 4796

As the title says.
I have a friend that has an 8yo daughter and she already has hairs under her arms. My friend is a little bit freaked out because she doesn't want her 8yo to get her period yet. I mean, who would want that?
I got mine when I was 11 or 12, and so did my friend. Do you guys think this is genetic? We've read stuff online about it but we want to hear your opinion. Also she has gone to the doc before and even though her daughter is not showing any "puberty signs", the doctor said that nowadays is normal to get their period earlier than before.

Anonymous 4797

I got mine when I was 12 or 13, can't remember if it was before or after my birthday that year. I think kids nowadays have periods sooner because of all the shit we have in our food, even if you feed them right and try to use more natural and hormone free shit, it's still hard to avoid them completely. My mother told me she got hers at 14 and that some girls got theirs at 15 and that was normal just 30 or 40 years ago. I used to work with children and some little girls who were 9 or 10 told me they had had their first periods. Insane.

Anonymous 4799

FML, I got mine when I was 9yo. My mom got me these huge adult chunky pads to wear and they were so uncomfortable and noisy, I hated it. Not my mom's fault really, there weren't many different products to choose from back then.

Anonymous 4800

9 year old, holy shit. Did you even know what a period was at that age? Or did it take you by surprise?

Anonymous 4801

I got mines at 8 too, it happened in public. Thought I was dying. Early puberty is really an awful thing though

Anonymous 4802

I was 14-15, I'm fairly sure it's at least partially genetic since my mom and I both matured very slowly (I've only now developed a more "feminine" figure at 25). Most girls in my class made fun of me for not yet wearing a bra and not having gotten my period. When I did get it they wouldn't believe me and would pull some neckbeard-tier gatekeeping shit by quizzing me on what my period is like.

Anonymous 4803

Are you asian? I've heard that asian women get their periods later than non-asian.

There was a girl in my school that got her period when she was around 15 too but that's because she was anorexic

Anonymous 4804

I didn't know, just saw a huge stain on my panties one day, called my mom immediately and she showed me how to use pads. I don't remember her explaining anything about periods, but she did provide me with some books aimed at children and early teens that were specifically dealing with this subject. I practically got my sex ed from those books years before my school even tried to touch the topic and fail.

Anonymous 4805

I got mine late compared to my classmates. But I was also small and really underdeveloped until high school.I was in my second or third year of middle school. I used toilet paper as pads because I didn't know how /want to bring it up to my mom. The second time I was like "uhhh I think I started my period." and my mom gave me some pads and a book about your body and sefl-grooming that probably was helpful but I didn't really really read it.

Anonymous 4817

Do you girls think that the earlier you get the period, the less you grow in height? Can the anons that answered that said they got theirs when they were 8-9, tell me their heights? (pls, ofc)

Anonymous 4819


I was sooo scared to tell my mom too. I think I was 11–12? And I knew what periods were, but since my first few were so dark, I thought I was just… constantly shitting myself for a week at a time, hahah. It wasn't until I'd had quite a few periods that the color lightened and I was like, ohhhhh. Then I finally told my mom and she gave me some of her pads. These giant, noisy diaper-y things. Ugh.

Anonymous 4821


OH MY GOD that's the book my mom gave me, probably because when I was younger I was into American Girl Dolls. Holy Fuck.

Anonymous 4826

Nope, white Slav/Hungarian

Anonymous 4829

Got it on the Saturday of the week of my 14th Birthday. I used to feel self-conscious about being a "late bloomer", but now I realize how lucky I was. Periods fucking suck.

Anonymous 4830

I got mine when I was 10. I was already about 5'3" and I grew to 5'8".

Anonymous 4831

Also my reading comprehension sucks, sorry. I just now saw where you said
Hopefully 10 is close enough for a comparison.

Anonymous 4849

What the fuck, I got mine at a similar age though I was growing boobs for a long while beforehand and I didn't grow taller at all. I'm insanely jealous. I've been 5'4'' since I was 12.

Anonymous 4860

I knew someone here would recognize it! I found a few scanned pages when I googled to find the cover, and it made me so nostalgic.

Anonymous 4863

I got mine on the first day of school in the 5th grade. Whichever age that is lol. According to google that's 10-11. So I'd guess and say 10 1/2 (since school starts around August and my birthday is September).

Anonymous 4866

I hated that book so much. I remember my friends tried to get me to look at it/read it at a sleepover and I refused. I didn't wanna know about how my body would soon become a bloody shit show, it made me really anxious.

I got my period at 12, at a theme park with my friend and her dad. I knew what was happening but didn't really register it until the next day when I was at home and told my mom.
I have friends who got their periods around 16/17, which is crazy to me. I also knew girls who were 10 and had their period which also shocked me. I didn't tell my friends about my period for about a year, because I was the first in the group to get it and felt embarrassed.

Anonymous 5032


I was about 10-11. That was pretty early compared to the other girls at school, but about right for my family. We all had periods young and all bleed a lot. Turns out it's due to a rare blood condition that we all basically have. Got me some of that haemochromatosis.

Anonymous 5033

I think I was 13 or so. It happened after I went to the hairdresser.

Anonymous 5036

My mom didn’t even start developing breasts until she was 15. Mine started budding at 11 and my period came at 12. I remember my first pubic hairs sprouting when I was about 8 or 9, but it took a long time after that for the period to come.

If she gets her period early, it is what it is. No use in whining about it because it’s not as if there’s any way to prevent it.

Anonymous 6237

Fat kids have contributed to earlier puberty. I had mine around 5th grade but also had a red ball of really veiny something fall out at 9. My boobs didn't grow all huge like my friend who had precious puberty, ended up with like double d boobs and had "grown men" hitting on her at like 11.

Anonymous 6319

I was a few weeks past my 14th birthday, my mother was 16. I don;t know why it is, but it seems like it comes earlier and earlier with every generation. I wonder why? i'm glad I wasn't 8 or 9.

Anonymous 6320

I did pretty early, in fact, I was the first one between my colleages. I was 9.
I remember it was quite traumatic, because my mom told the mom of a colleage because she was a doctor. I think she was worried since it was a bit early.
The next day everybody knew. The girls would ask me about it and I hated that day so much. Puberty hit hard and I developed boobs earlier than everybody else. Boys would stare. I was bitter when I bought my first bra.

Now I have been taking birth control for a while, and look like any other 20 something, so all that did not make much difference in my life.

Anonymous 6369

10 y/o

No I didn't know what a period was. Yes I was overweight (as I am rn) but not obese or anything. I started developing breasts at age 8 but they were never that big (I was a B in 6th grade, I am a D 10 years later).
Personally it didn't affect me too much. I basically kept it to myself at the time and became the expert 2 years later when I would reveal to my classmates that I had been having regular periods for a while and that's why I always brought my pencil case to the bathroom. I didn't have to deal with harassment because I much looked like a really ugly middle schooler until I was ~20 and learned how to do make up.
Besides the genetic factor, I think early puberty is caused by 1) stressful/unstable home environments 2) childhood obesity and 3) GMOs. All 3 are much more common now than they were back then.

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