First period signs for teens
We're all different and start things at different stages. Periods are no different.
Well we can't give you an exact date for your first period, there are some signs you can look out for.
Generally, girls start their periods between the ages of 10 to 13 years of age - but it's normal to start anywhere between 9 to 16.
Puberty - getting your period is part of the puberty package. Generally (we say generally a lot because there's no set rule), you'll start developing breasts and start growing pubic hair before you start your period. Other puberty signs include pimples, developing body odour and having to wash your hair more frequently. All these signs point towards the start of your period.
- Discharge - vaginal discharge is a sign your period is on its way. At first, discharge may be a bit uncomfortable but you'll get used to it. It's normal and healthy, so don't stress - it's your body's way of cleaning your vagina, which is very important. Normal discharge looks creamy and is white (clear), it shouldn't smell. If you do have smelly discharge, you should go visit your doctor
- Cramps - menstrual cramps are a sure sign your period is on it's way. Period pain is centralised around your lower back and also above your pubic bone. You may also feel slightly bloated, a sort of puffiness around your tummy. This is normal and just your body retaining water. Some girls experience constipation as a result of this
- Tiredness - you might feel a bit tired before your period, again this is normal. Napping and sleeping is always a great idea, so just go with it. You might not feel like exercising or doing much and that's okay. Just take care of yourself, eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water
- Hormones - there are a whole lot of hormones involved with puberty and starting your period. Generally, girls and women's periods work on a 28-day cycle, this means that every month, your body prepares for the chance of pregnancy. Read more on the menstrual cycle. Feeling a bit moody, or sad or even weepy is totally normal and understandable! Remember, Luna is 100% on your side.
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