Is it ok for my 12 year old to be having frequent periods?

Cathy - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My 12 year old started her peroid in late July, she has just started her third period. they aren't very heavy,but last about 5 days but every one I talk to says I should take her to the dr. I think it's just her body adjusting adn she needs more time before we seek medical advice. But now I'm unsure. Any advice?

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Crystal - posted on 05/21/2013

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Let my start off like this: My best friend and I have our cycles just after each other.....the day after she stops I start. This month, on the 3rd,right after I stopped, my 12 year old daughter started. She went for a full 7 days heavy, with clots and everything. Immediately after she stopped, my best friend started and then I did right after she stopped, like normal, only EARLY....Then, near the end of mine, My daughter started AGAIN!! like 2 1/2 weeks after her first one!!!!! Is this normal? Should she be having them this close together and heavy with clots like that? I don't want to take her to the DR bc I don't really want her to go through a pap just yet......

Prabha - posted on 09/11/2013

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my 12 yr old daughter having her periods regularly , but the flow is heavy and lasts fore 10 to 12 days , is that okay

Peace - posted on 04/12/2013

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my 11yrs old period just stopped,did come in march 2013 am just waiting for this april to end
or should i take her to the doctor.
please advice me how to go about it
thanks
peace

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2012

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I have a 12 year old daughter and she got her period when she was 10 years old. This month she had her period on the 1st of the month and now she just started her period yesterday on the 23rd and it started with a dark brown discharge and turned dark red to normal heavy blood flow filling up her pads. I was a concerned and still am. She says she is still a virgin and we had a talk about it. Not quite sure if hers is normal or not. Not sure what to do?? Regarding your daughter, her body may have a hormonal imbalance or her body may be adjusting to the hormones her body is making. Stress, diet and exercise can also have a factor in any girls period. I would give it some time before taking her to the dr as long as she is not sexually active. Finding out if your child is sexually active is a very hard thing to do as a parent. For me I got a long pause before I got the yeah! I am a virgin. Hang in there. Hope this helps :)

Heather - posted on 11/15/2012

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my girl is 11 and started hers for the 1st time in july as well. she had them normally in july, got them in august, missed them in sept and oct and has recently had them erratically again. she had them for 2-3 days and they stopped for 24hrs or so and came back again. it is quite normal for a girl to have an erratic cycle for some time before they settle into a "normal" routine. As someone else mentioned, if there seems to be excessivly heaving blood loss, or maybe excessive pain or duration for her period then get it checked out. if it isnt interupting her life or causing her too many probs then jsut let nature run its course and settle in time. good luck!

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Sheeba - posted on 12/30/2013

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My daughter is 10 started her periods October 19 thn had them again on 19th November but then again had them on after 10 days thn again she is having after 20 days ... Iam tooo scared is it normal or I go see a doctor???? Pleaseee help

Court - posted on 11/14/2013

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my doctor said it was normal when i went and it is my first year she says it is normal to have it two times a month when it is your first two years to have it because my mom told the doctor and yea she said it is normal to have twice during the first two years of having your period

Lara - posted on 08/12/2013

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Remember they come every 28 days My 11 year old started march 2013 near the end. She didn't get any period whatssoever until July. They always last about a week. She is currently on her period. But its the 12th. Its common to have infrequent periods nice u start it will take at least 2 years to become regular.

Heather - posted on 04/10/2013

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my daughter turned 12 in jan and she started her for the 1st time last july. hers r still irregular and last diff lengths of time. a girls body can take 12 months or sometimes more to adjust and get a regular cycle happening. unless she is having really heavy, painful periods that are affecting her day to day activities I wld not worry too much at this stage.

April Ruth - posted on 04/06/2013

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ok, my daughter athena. would have tiny spots you could barely see . but then the next month . she had to get super size tampns i. i was scared. but the doc said it was normal

Maria - posted on 11/08/2012

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hello i am 12 year old girl i had peroid on april my peroids stopped on july i dont had periods again plz help

me what can i do

Maria - posted on 11/08/2012

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hello i am 12 year old girl i had periods on april so my periods stoped what can i do i am 12 year old i dont have period from 7 mouths plz tell me samething

Rekha - posted on 11/07/2012

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hi i have two kids one girl one boy my daughter is ten year she starts her period 4 october 2012 but the next month did,t come i am scare .she is grow up hight so please tell me about thanku

Marcia - posted on 09/01/2012

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my daughter is 9yrs old she got her period on the 15 0f augs of this yr it last 5 days.she then got it again on the 31st is that normal freaking out

Nuzhat - posted on 09/12/2011

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hey cathy,my 12yr old started her period in july too n she too had her period twice in augustmu r right i too think that since its the first time n after that its taking time for her body to adjust to this new happening.dont worry soon the period will become normal i think.

Mandy - posted on 09/09/2010

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I had the same problem at her age. The only thing the Doctor was worried about was my Iron levels. Get that checked out to make sure it isn't causeing low iron.

Becky - posted on 09/01/2010

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Organic dairy cuts down on the extra hormones that can interfere w/female cycles. The milk isn't too much more expensive these days. Can't hurt, might help.

Priscilla - posted on 09/01/2010

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hmmm...my oldest just starte and ironic timing...she got her first "gift" ON HER 13TH BDAY! Still, if its her 3rd time since July, you might want to go talk to a doc. Its true that her body is adjusting but maybe your doctor may be able to shed some light and put you more at ease.

Cindy - posted on 09/01/2010

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My daughter was 10 when she started her Period they were never regular. we even put her on the Pill at 17 to Try to regulate them but it only helped with her nasty cramps she still gets her period about every 2 weeks light. the DR said its NORMAL. although I never had that Mine come like Clock work.....

Tricia - posted on 09/01/2010

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My daughter had her first period when she was 9 years old. She is now 11 and has had her period only 4 times. I took her to the doctor after her second period just as a precaution since she was so young when she had her first period. The doctor said that it's different for every female that starts her period and that she wouldn't be surprised if my daughter would go months without one. I remember when I first started having mine at 12 yrs old...I had regular periods for almost a year, and then as my body was changing again and I was participating in more sports, there were times that I would skip a month. If you're concerned about your daughter, just take her to her doctor to get you some peace of mind. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be cautious and more aware of what is going on with your daughter.

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hello cathy just letting you know that my daughter got her period when she was 10 and now they come on a regular cycle .They are quiet heavy in the middle of her cycle.We went to the doctor and she said that she is just developing early.She has the hair starting in the right places and the boobs are getting bigger as well.Some children develope early and some dont.I hope this has been some support for you and your daughter...

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Yes, the reseach has shown that young ladies are having their periods much younger now days, with the average around 10.6 years. I always recommend her seeing a female doctor to help her with any questions and celebrating your little girl becoming a lady. Well done to both of you and I wish you all the best with the next phase of your relationship.

Lori - posted on 08/27/2010

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Both my older girls started at age 9 the oldest now 13 and the middle now age 10. Dr says it's normal and nothing to worry about.

Cathy - posted on 08/27/2010

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Thanks ladies! she has no pain with her periods and the flow is moderate to light so I think she's ok.

Laura - posted on 08/27/2010

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It's not uncommon for periods to be very irregular when girls just start so I think you are probably right about her body just adjusting. Unless there is unusually heavy bleeding or a lot of pain with her periods, it sounds pretty normal. I'm with you on this--give it a few months to see if her cycle becomes more regular. When in doubt, however, always consult your family doctor!

Angie - posted on 08/27/2010

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The first couple of years, it may take some adjustment before she gets on a regular cycle. My daughter started having periods at 11. Sometimes she would skip a month and other times she would have a heavy flow for a few days, stop completely, then have a light flow for a few more days. She really didn't have a predictable period until this year. She will be turning 13 in November. If her periods are painful and extremely heavy and last for more than a week, I'd be concerned. Otherwise, it sounds normal. You could always call her pediatrician's office and get advice from the nurse, also. I've done that before when I was debating on whether or not to bring my child to the doctor.

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