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.
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.
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.
9 year old, holy shit. Did you even know what a period was at that age? Or did it take you by surprise?
I got mines at 8 too, it happened in public. Thought I was dying. Early puberty is really an awful thing though
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Nope, white Slav/Hungarian
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.
I got mine when I was 10. I was already about 5'3" and I grew to 5'8".
Also my reading comprehension sucks, sorry. I just now saw where you said>8-9
Hopefully 10 is close enough for a comparison.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
I think I was 13 or so. It happened after I went to the hairdresser.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I was in 5th grade. Wasn't great. There were no trash cans in bathroom stalls at my elementary school, so I had to sneak out all of my pad wrappers to the trash can by the sink.
I got mine at 16 because anorexic, when I had gained enough weight it started.>>4817
I'm 5' (above at 16). It may not be relevant because different circumstances. I assume my growth was stunted, 4 years older and ~4" shorter than my sister. Hers, a year later at 13.
I got mine at 12, and I wish it would've happened later. I wasn't ready at all.
I got mine when I was 13, I remember feeling insecure cause all my friends had started ages before me, my sister had also first got hers at like 12 years old. I felt so relieved and happy when I started, now I goddamn hate them. My mum said she started when she was 16/nearly turned 17 which was crazy late.
On my first day of the school year when I was 14. Only a day of bleeding too. My hormones are not functioning well and I still have a really childish body, despite being an adult now.
me too except a bit younger
i was mistaken for 12 years old the other day
Now that i think about it i dont even fucking remember my first period wtf
I got mine at 9, way too soon. I also grew boobs way too early.
Nobody in my family got it so early, but then again my mother was almost 40 when she got me and my body is all sorts of messed up.
I was 12 and luckily my mum had explained all about periods already so it wasn't a big deal. I remember it was one evening after school and I just saw a lil blood in my underwear after I'd got changed so I told my mum who got me some pads. I think 12 was about the age my friends started their periods too.
like other anons have said, I think girls getting their periods younger is to do with the food they eat, people's diets are getting more processed and full of crap so it's bound to fuck with our bodies. just look at cow's milk and all the hormones there are in that and milk is in everything. that's why I'm vegan, don't want that shit in my body that's meant to turn a baby calf into a huge ass cow - growth hormones. could also be genetics though.
I got hairs in 3rd grade though, I'm just a hairy fucker but my puberty was normal or even late compared to others
I had super hairy legs by 10 and I'm hairy as fuck now. I do have a hormone imbalance though
I got mine in the summer between 5th and 6th grade. I think that's 12 or 11 I can't remember honestly. I had my breasts growing way before that though, since I was 9 or so. Also I got my hairs early too. Breasts stopped developing when I was 10 and I remained a sad flatty ever since, watching everyone around me develop big tiddies. It was pretty depressing for the dumb young me.
Scratch that it was between 4th and 5th grade, I was 11.
11 maybe? She can take her to an endocrinologist if she's concerned.
I got mine when I was 14. Horrible fucking experience. I was on vacation and woke up to very heavy flow. I survived on the few pads I'd stashed in my suitcase "just in case" but it was cutting it very close. The second one, I just stole from my older sister's supplies. I was too scared to tell my mom. I developed a lot of shame about it and was petrified about bringing it up. I didn't tell her until I got my third period, and it took a couple years for me to be able to pick out pads at the store without feeling deeply ashamed, or to open one in a public restroom.
Whenever it starts, I think the best way to go about things is make sure she's comfortable. It's a traumatizing enough experience without any added pressure from family.