Ages that a girl starts her period.

Denise - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 67 moms have responded )

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OK - I know that a girl can start as early as 9 years old but what is the latest????



My daughter is 12 almost 13 in March and she still has not started her period. I asked at my yearly about this and the nurse told me that she should start after she starts to develope pubic hair. She has that already and I guess I'm just worried that something is wrong.



Any help would be appreciated.

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Cheryl - posted on 05/16/2013

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my daughter just turned 16 in april and she has not started yet what sould i do

Dessy - posted on 12/19/2012

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Nothing is wrong. I developed with all the puberty signs one goes through between 10 - 12 and only started my period at 15 and a half. Be patient it takes longer in some girls

Sydney - posted on 04/29/2013

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I am 12 and i haven't had it yet and I am going to be 13 in June. Is there something wrong with me?

Emilia - posted on 06/08/2013

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You have the opposite problem from me! My daughter hit puberty at nine. I hit puberty at 12 which I thought was strange. For people who are 15 and haven't gotten it, don't worry. Maybe you do a spor such as gymnastics or swimming. That simply means you don't have enough body fat. Consult your mom, aunts, grandma, sisters, all female relatives. They probably got it late, too. If you don't have it by age 18 THEN go see a doctor.

Kelley - posted on 08/03/2012

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I don't totally agree that they start shortly after they get pubic hair. I was a week away from being 10 and I started but had no pubic hair at all. My granddaughter is 9, she is developing breast but for the last 4 or 5 months she has cried about everything, she is grumpy and has an attitude. I know its all due to hormone changes. I just was wondering how long this will last.

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Monique - posted on 10/09/2014

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My daughter is 12 and don't have her period . I had my period at 13 ... She get discharge and her breast is average .

Bridgette - posted on 05/04/2013

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I didn't start till I was 17. Truthfully I hope for my daughters' sake it's late for her.

Hinata - posted on 04/03/2013

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Not only that but I had already started showing signs yet I did not have mine.

Hinata - posted on 04/03/2013

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She should start anywhere between 9 to 15 or so maybe a little later dont worry I was 12 turning 13 and my nine year old step sister started hers before me everything depends.

Diovenice - posted on 12/20/2012

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So glad to hear because I have the same worries that Denise has, these doctors sometimes brush things off, unless it has to do with a erectile disfunction they don't ease your worries!!!!

Diovenice - posted on 08/26/2012

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My daughter showed menses at age 9 and then it stopped. Now that she's 12 no sign of period to be found. I worry because I got POF (Premature Ovarian Failure) at age 35 and I've been on menopause ever since, so the idea of my daughter getting this worries me A LOT!!!

Jen - posted on 07/20/2012

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Actually, girls can get their periods even younger than 9, but I believe the average age is 11 or 12. Turning 13 without having a period yet is not at all unusual. Some girls don't get it until they are 15 or 16. Unless there is some other reason for concern, it should be fine.

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My daughter was nine when she had her first period....it was rough on her, but I was always open with her and so it wasn't a big shock.

Freda - posted on 07/15/2012

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My daughter started her menstrual at 11 and I started my menstrual at 13...it varies

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I have a 12 and 13 year old and neither has started their periods. As long as signs of puberty are showing, developing, hair etc, then everything is fine. On my oldest daughters physical when she turns 14 the doctor offered to do hormone testing just to make sure but, she assured us everything is fine.

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I have a 12 and 13 year old and neither has started their periods. As long as signs of puberty are showing, developing, hair etc, then everything is fine. On my oldest daughters physical when she turns 14 the doctor offered to do hormone testing just to make sure but, she assured us everything is fine.

Frené - posted on 07/14/2012

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When growing up, a friend of my mom's daughter hadn't started by age 23. My first one I had at 13 (basically just some spotting) and the second one more than 7 months later.

Lila - posted on 07/11/2012

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I was 16 when my period started. One of my daughters started at 11, the other is 14 and still hasn't begun. It all depends on the girl, so don't worry. :)

Adreana - posted on 03/03/2012

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Oh, BTW..my daughter is not very active, weighs 120 lbs and started getting her boobs and hair at about 10...so....I honestly don't think there is any truth to the wieght thing, hair thing or activity level. Mother nature shows her face when she wants :) If your one of the lucky ones she's late :)

Adreana - posted on 03/03/2012

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My daughter is 13 she will be 14 in August and she hasn't started hers yet. I asked my doctor and she said that it can happen as late as 17 and not to worry, as long as they are showing "signs" of puberty it will come. She also said that there are actually health benifits to them starting later, not only do they not have to deal with it yet but, they are actually less likely to develop certain cancers :) it's nice for us too we don't have to deal with teenage PMS yet or worrying about teen pregnancy. So , don't stress it will come and enjoy your little girl while she still is a little girl :)

Caroline - posted on 04/17/2009

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I didn't start till i was 15 and i was told that everybody is different i feel that when your daugthers body is ready she will start. if you are still worried go and get her checked out i hope this helps........

Ann-Louise - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi--I didn't start 'till I was 14. My daughter's 10 and very athletic so I'm not worried yet (and she's only 59 lbs, too). She has a friend who is almost as athletic (both do gymnastics), just a few months older and she's just started. But her mum didn't start 'till she was 16; the kid's grandmother started at 10 or 11, though. It's all what the others are saying: everyone's different and she will start when her body's ready. Relax. Having a child with PMS is horrible, according to my friend.

Jackie - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter will be 12 this year and hasn't started either. She's active but doesn't play sports for school or anything like that. I was VERY active ..playing softball..and I started at the age of 10. I weighed about 90-ish lbs. I will be worried if she don't start at the age of 14 or so..then I'll ask a doctor..but I'm sure your daughter is fine.

I guess it varies.. how active the child is and how tall/short and how the family history was is those area.

Priscilla - posted on 04/14/2009

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my daughter started just a few months after her 11th birthday and i remember i was the same

Sharon - posted on 04/12/2009

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Don't worry. your daughter will start her period when her body is ready. My daughter is 14 & a couple of her freinds still have not started yet.

Angie - posted on 04/10/2009

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i didn't start til i was 15, and had a friend who was even a year later! i wouldn't worry about it yet!

Cynthia - posted on 04/10/2009

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My daughter had just turned 11 when she started hers I think I was almost 13. I have read before that it usually happens around a year after the pubic hair and breasts granted that is not always the case but better to be safe than sorry and prepare your daughter for the transition. :-)

Helen - posted on 04/10/2009

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that nurse talks rubbish!  Pubic hair has nothing to do with it.  She will start when her body is ready and the later the better as far as I am concerned.  Try not to worry, let nature take its course.  Helen

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My Daughter is also 13 this yr , she has had pubic hair for about 3 yrs , thought she would start her period early because of this , I started mine at the age of 10. My daughter has the monthy cramps and the hormonal attitude lol so I guess it wont be long. She is about 100lbs.

Charlene - posted on 04/08/2009

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Hi I was almost 14 when I started mine. I think a girl's weight plays a role as well. If they are under weight or over weight.

Tammy - posted on 04/07/2009

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My daughter had pubic hair for almost a year before she started and she was 13 and 2 months. I don't think you need to worry. Hope this helps

Caroll - posted on 03/17/2009

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I was almost 16 when I started but my daughter was 11.  It varies and you shouldn't be worried but do ask the doctor if for nothing than your peace of mind...try not to worry.

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my daughter will be 13 in sept but she has just started a few months ago...don't rush it....i think the older they are the better they handle it and take better care of theirselves..The problem is what happens after they start...They become new people....Good luck but it will be here before you know it....Let mother nature take her course..

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2009

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i was 15 first day of 9th grade..... the longer the kids body waits the better, the longer you can hold off that doctor visit that ever woman hates!!!

Monalisa - posted on 03/15/2009

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Well you know what they say about a girl developing late I think there's nothing to worry about but by the time she reach the age of 13 and still not seeing it go to a doctor and do a physical on her.

Glenda - posted on 03/15/2009

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i've also heard of some girls not starting till they are 15 & 16. take this to heart, if what the doctors say is right, the later a girl starts the less chance of her developing any kind of female cancers later in life. there's always a light a the end of the tunnel.

Stephanie - posted on 03/14/2009

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i was almost 13 when i got mine. my daughter got hers just after she turned 12. its different for everyone. if shes freaked out about starting it will prolong the first one

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please do not worry about this. both my mum and may sister did not start their period until they were 18yrs old. and were very healthy just let nature take its course.

Kim - posted on 03/13/2009

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My daughter started hers at 11, a week to the day after her 11th bday. However I was 14. And I too agree. She'll get it when her body is ready.

Kim - posted on 03/13/2009

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My daughter started hers at 11, a week to the day after her 11th bday. However I was 14. And I too agree. She'll get it when her body is ready.

Gloria - posted on 03/12/2009

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The latest could be 16 years of age. Its a matter of maturity, growing of chest & such. Each person is  different. If you started late, its possible the trait of starting late could happen to her. As we know, the cramps start a week before the cycle does.

Terri - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi. I agree with the other's who said it will happen when her body is ready. I got mine at 10 1/2. My daughter started "developing" over a year ago, and just got her period last Wednesday...ON her 12th birthday!

June - posted on 03/12/2009

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I would ask your daughter's pediatrition. Ours told us there are 5 stages (sorry, I forget what they are) and did a physical and told us when to expect it. As well as she could. My daughter started at 12 yr, 4 months, but my younger sister (now 42!) didn't start her's until she was 15! I definitely think 13 is nothing to be worried about.

Geraldine - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hello Denise, my name is Geraldine. I have a daughter but is only 4 but i worder if u may be instrested in my experiences off periods

Elizabeth - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter is 9 years old & already started developing & getting pubic hair does that mean she will get her period early. & she is well over 80-90 ponds

Amanda - posted on 03/11/2009

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I have a 12 year old daughter and she started when she was 11, but my aunt didnt start until she was 18, if you have already talked with your doctor about it and he/she is not worried I might give it a little more time, everybody is different.

Debbie - posted on 03/11/2009

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I was 14 when I had mine for the first time. I know my mom was a bit worried due to me questioning it since everyone else I was friends with had already had it but she was told due to have active I was that sometimes it just happens later. My mom was 14 as well when she started. Is your daughter very active?

Sandee - posted on 03/11/2009

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12, almost 13 is nothing to worry about. My mom, who is now 81, was 14 when she got it. I was 13 and a half. My co-worker was almost 16! We all grew up normally and all have 2 kids now ourselves! My daughter is almost 10 and beginning to develope breast buds and pubic hair and is absolutely mortified! She is in no hurrry and actually tries to hide her chest under layers of clothes. There is a wide range of normal and if your doc says don't worry than I wouldn't. It's still plenty early.

JoAnn - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Denise:

Ages that a girl starts her period.

OK - I know that a girl can start as early as 9 years old but what is the latest????

My daughter is 12 almost 13 in March and she still has not started her period. I asked at my yearly about this and the nurse told me that she should start after she starts to develope pubic hair. She has that already and I guess I'm just worried that something is wrong.

Any help would be appreciated.


Denise, I didn't start my period until I was 14 years old. It will come when her body is ready. Besides,be glad that it isn't here yet. You know everything that goes with it, don't you? Plus the cost, so please don't be in such a hurry. If by 15 she doesn't get it then take her to the doctor's and talk to him/her about the situation. I hope I helped a little.

Patricia - posted on 03/10/2009

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It really varies, I've always heard the more slim/athletic a girl is the longer it will be.  My almost 16 year old was nearly 13. I know of girls as early as 7 (a friends daughter and it was rough) and as late as 17 or more.  Trust me, there is NO HURRY on that one.  : )

Ivey - posted on 03/10/2009

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The hair thing I think is wrong, b/c if I remember right I started that around12 and I didn't get my period til I was14 and my mother got hers when she was 9.I heard also that if a girl is athletic it can come later.

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2009

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I wouldn't worry at all, everyone is different. My daughter started just a few months after she turned 12. Count your blessings! It's been an ordeal to say the least!!

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