Wouldn’t it be lovely it you knew exactly when your daughter was going to get her first period? That way both of you could be 100% prepared. Unfortunately no-one can give you an exact date (unless they have a crystal ball!). However, what we can tell you is the clues to look out for.
The age-old question
Although most girls get their first period between the ages of 11 and 13, it can start anywhere from about age 8 up to age 16. This means that age alone is a pretty rubbish indicator of when your daughter will start her period!
Signs to look out for
The good news is your daughter’s period won’t just arrive completely out of the blue. Your daughter’s body will offer up a few little clues first. (Do make her aware that these changes can happen in any order though.)
- Developing breasts – She’ll get breast “buds” (breasts can then take up to three to four years to fully develop). Generally, she’ll get her period about two years after her breasts start developing.
- Growing pubic hair – Soon after her breasts start to form, she’ll start developing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first and then gradually become coarser. Her period usually arrives around one to two years after pubic hair starts growing.
- Discharge – She’ll start to experience vaginal discharge that will be either white or yellowish. She may want to start using Always Dailies to protect her underwear. Her period should start within the next few months after the start of discharge.
Bearing in mind that girls can start their periods as young as 8, it makes sense to have ‘the talk’ sooner rather than later. We’ve got lots of advice on how to talk to your daughter about puberty and questions she might ask.
You can also help your daughter feel prepared for her first period by stocking up on some protection like Always.
Suggest that she keep some pantyliners in her bag in case she gets her first period while she’s not at home. She may even want to keep an extra pair of underwear in her book bag or locker. She’ll really appreciate these tips (and her proactive mum!) when her period does arrive.
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