My daughter is 8 and has started her menstral cycle!!! is that too early?

Cherise - posted on 01/12/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter barley turned 8yrs old in august and has ALREADY started her menstral cycle. I wasn't expecting this to happen for at least another 2 to 3 years!!! Everyone one that I told was surprised and concerned because she is only 8 and they never heard of someone getting their period this early either. Has anyone had this experience with their daughters or have you experienced this yourself??? I would like to know because I feel alone in this situation...



Ps- and no there wasnt any type of sexual trauma or anything like that either.

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Cyndi - posted on 09/23/2013

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I just delt with this with my 8year old. I know how you feel! I immediately called her pediatrician and after 2 cycles we have an app with an endocrinoligist to check hormone levels. Call the dr. 8 is not normal and way to early!

Trenice - posted on 09/08/2012

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Yes I just went through the same thing with my nine year old daughter. I was freaking out ! So I made her an appointment with her pediatrician and they checked her out and she said to be on the safe side she sent us to get an xray done on her bones , well the results came back that her bones were aging too fast for her age , the X-ray showed her bones were the get of a 13 year old. So her pediatrician has scheduled her an appointment with the endochronologist at children's hospital.

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Krystal - posted on 03/22/2014

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Can someone please post the doctors conclusion? I saw several reports of Endocrinologists appts.my baby has been 8 for 3 months. She started her cycle today. We have been watching her rapid growth and last month went to a PE who did lots of blood work, pelvic ultrasound, and bone xray. We go to gwt results in 4 days!! The only thing we know is her bone age is 3.3 yrs older than her chronilogical age. I want to know if Lupron is a possibility once it has started

Emilia - posted on 10/04/2013

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That actually isn't so bad. My grandmother started when she was nine (1940s) and that was 70 years ago! Some girls just start earlier. My daughter just turned 11.

Dani - posted on 10/02/2013

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It's too early. My guess is all the growth hormones that children consume. I'm attempting to only give organic foods/beverages to my children so I don't have to deal with this issue at an early age. I disagree with the "every generation starts their cycle earlier". If that were the case then other countries would have the same problem. It would also mean that down the line, generations to come, girls would start their periods before kindergarten. This problem didn't start occurring till growth hormone was added to most of the things we consume. After all, that's what growth hormone does....make you grow/mature faster.

Michelle - posted on 09/29/2013

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Hello. I just turned 40 yrs old this past August. I was 8 yrs old when I started. It was actually on December 25th, Christmas Day, while we were at a family Christmas get together. I went to use the bathroom & there it was. Even though my mom had just explained to me what a menstrual cycle was a couple of months earlier, I still screamed to the top of my lungs & started crying. I was NOT ready for this! I remember thinking I am only 8 yrs old & in the 3rd grade, I'm way too young for this to be happening to me! Then on top of that I ended up being one of those that bled extremely heavy & I would bleed anywhere from 7 days to a solid straight month ! I actually ended up becoming anemic b/c of it & had to start taking iron pills & the doctor put me on birth control pills to help regulate my cycles. The birth control pills did help a lot, but I still had a full 7 day period every month! Now my daughter is 10 yrs old & we are expecting her to start any day now. She is having all of the classic signs of premenstrual: cramps, mood swings, discharge.

Kalpana - posted on 09/26/2013

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I personally feel that all those growth hormones added to the meat and milk and cheese and yogurt and other products cause early puberty.
we give all organic dairy products to our kids.
my friend who has the same age kids as mine, one of them already has had her period two years back, she was nine at that
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In our community (from India) the age for puberty is around 12 in all kids, but here in the US the same kids are getting puberty at age 9. Its too early for them.

Veronica - posted on 09/21/2013

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My daughter who is 9 years old just started her cycle today and she freaking out and I'm sitting here crying my eyes out.. What should I do.

Karen - posted on 01/20/2011

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I was 9, when I started. SD was about 12.
I would just have her go to the Dr and make sure everythign in ok. Plus keep an eye on her iron leves and stuff. Drs arre always saying I'm anmeic cuz I startd so early,
Hang in there.

Julie - posted on 01/19/2011

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It's normal - every generation starts a little earlier than the one before, plus it also depends on family history. The thyroid gland is the one in charge of the hormones.
www.cdc.gov
www.allthyroid.org
www.thyroid-fed.org
www.MyThyroid.com

Julie - posted on 01/18/2011

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Sexual trauma, at least as far as I know, has nothing to do with the onset of puberty/menstruation. As others have indicated in their posts, your history does tend to predict your daughter's, but barely 8 is early for menstruation to begin. To ease your concerns, I would definitely schedule an appointment with your pediatrician. Hopefully, everything checks out OK and your daughter is just an early developer. I do know that this and recent generations of girls have begun puberty earlier and earlier than we and our moms.

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When did you start? I know someone that started at 9 and another friend that didn't start til 16. I started when I was 12, so I figure my girls will be around that age.

S - posted on 01/16/2011

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I agree with everyone else. It has become somewhat normal for girls to begin their menstrual cycle early even though it is still shocking. Hormone ingestion from food as well as weight are factors that can lead to early onset of puberty. Especially if there is no family history of this.You will need to talk to a Dr. There are also meds your daughter can take to stop the menstrual cycle but I would research it so you are more prepared in what to ask your child's doctor.

Crazy - posted on 01/16/2011

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I also got mine at 8 I was terrified, I lived with my grandmother who didn't say anything to me about it because well that was just the way she was raised... so now I have 2 daughters and my 8 yr old is getting crampy and very grumpy the same week that I have my cycle.... haha good luck to their step dad cuz he is swimming in the estrogen ocean in this house... lol it is normal but still bring her to the doc and see what they have to say... they may want to check her out and make sure it is just her normal time... or if there is something like cysts causing it. But all in all yes it is normal
http://www.kotex.com/na/articles-info/my...

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/grow...

http://parenting.kaboose.com/family-dyna...

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/... (this one is helpful)

Brandi - posted on 01/16/2011

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I am thinking it's best to at least get her seen by a dr. 9 is a little early for starting a period though in normal range. You just want to make sure she doens't have precousious puberty which could lead too other problems.

Candy - posted on 01/15/2011

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I was 9. More and more are starting earlier and earlier. They say it is because of the hormons in the food we eat. I am like Lissa,I had a c bra at 9 too. I have 2 girls. I am scared to death !!

Lissa - posted on 01/14/2011

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I was nine and my mother was 8 so it happens, I also had a c-cup by the time I was 10. I am dreading that I will soon have to have the period conversation fairly soon with my six year old. For my Mum she was scared because her mother hadn't thought it would happen for years so had never brought it up, I was prepared because my Mum knew it could happen early. So just relax about it, have a talk with her, maybe get a book to help explain it to her. I would not be concerned unless she experiences heavy periods or a lot of pain, if she does a visit to the doctor is a good idea.
I honestly can't say having them early ever affected me in a negative way, just make sure she understands what's going on is normal but a little earlier for her than most of her friends.

Laura - posted on 01/14/2011

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Wow! That is early! But I have heard of girls getting it early, sometimes because their mother got hers early in life, or sometimes it's just her physique. I have heard of girls getting it very very early though.

Lori - posted on 01/12/2011

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My Daughters both started @ 9 the Dr said it was normal they are now 13 & 11 and haven't had any problems. If she is very heavy you may want to have her checked just to make sure she doesn't have any cysts.

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