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#PeriodMail: I’m 13 and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is there something wrong with me?

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Isabel asks: “My mom and sister got their period at age 11 but I haven’t gotten mine test and I’m thirteen. Is there something wrong with me?”
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Isabel asks “I’m 13 and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is there something wrong with me?” #PeriodMail

The Period Blog answers:

Hey Isabel,

Good question Isabel! You may have already noticed that the girls in your grade have already started puberty at different times with some girls growing faster than others.

Some girls started growing taller while some girls have not grown very much. Some girls may have already started developing breasts while some will start developing breasts in their late teens. The fact is – your body will start developing when it is ready.

This is the same for periods. Some girls get their first period as early as 8 and some girls get their first period as late as 16 or 17. And whether you get it at 8 or 16 – it is all normal :)!

While the age your mom and sister got their periods may give you a general idea of when you may get yours, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get it when you turn 11.

A better indicator of when you expect your first period is:
  • Around 2 years after your breasts start to develop
  • Around 6 months to 1 year after you start noticing vaginal discharge

I hope this helps Isabel! Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Periods and FAQ to learn more!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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#PeriodMail: I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal?

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Ceilia asks: “Hey! I just found your blog and its absolutely amazing! I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I don’t know if it’s normal. I tried to look things up but I can’t find anything. I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal? (P.S. I’m 13 years old.)
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Ceilia asks: “Hey! I just found your blog and its absolutely amazing! I have a lot of vaginal discharge and I don’t know if it’s normal. I tried to look things up but I can’t find anything. I have to wear heavy duty pantyliners everyday. Is this normal? (P.S. I’m 13 years old.) #PeriodMail

The Period Blog answers:

Hi Ceilia,

Good question! You’re right, it is very hard to find information on on how much vaginal discharge is actually normal which is why I plan to make more information about vaginal discharge available to young girls.

You may have noticed that your vaginal discharge changes in both colour and texture depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.

For example, when you are about 2 weeks away from your period, you may have noticed that your vaginal discharge is jelly-like or watery. Sometimes you can feel the watery discharge come out much like when you can feel your period. Vaginal discharge can even make your panties feel wet.

Pantyliners can be worn to absorb vaginal discharge so you can feel more fresh. Like pads, they come in different absorbencies from light to heavy – just like the kind you mentioned.

So is it normal to have so much vaginal discharge that you need to wear a heavy absorbency pantyliner? The answer is yes! It’s one of the reasons many women choose to wear heavy absorbency panty liners.

If your vaginal discharge very heavy and it concerns you, I would suggest you see your doctor so s/he can check it out. Most likely, it will be okay and considered normal but it never hurts to ask your doctor too as every case is different.

However if you notice anything off about your discharge when it comes to the color, texture, or even smell – you should see your doctor. It could be a sign of infection and can usually be treated easily.

I hope that helps Ceilia!

Your friend,
-Dedy
The Period Blog

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Worst Period Story: I should have changed my tampon!

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During 6th period, I begin to feel some blood on my pants. But I thought I was probably imagining it, and just went on.

Jena writes:

I had always used pads and hated them. So, I decided to use tampons. I wore a tampon to school and everything was fine for the first half of the day. During lunch, I had to go change my tampon. For some reason, I decided to not do it.

So, during 6th period, I begin to feel some blood on my pants. But I thought I was probably imagining it, and just went on.

As 6th period ended, I realized my period was actually leaking. Thank god I wore black jeans!

I tied a jacket around my waist, just in case. When I got to 7th period, I looked in my bag for a tampon or pad. I thought I had something, but NO! I didn’t have anything with me. I went to the bathroom to check and of course, there was blood all over my underwear. I did not know what to do.

I had P.E. next, and it just happened to be the day where I was going to be sprinting. I told a teacher and went to the office, so I could get a pad. But when I got there, a random guy was standing there talking to the lady. I didn’t want to ask her for a pad in front of the guy, so I just asked her if I could call my mom. I called my mom and got her to pick me up. I was probably the happiest person ever when she showed up.

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Worst Period Story: Be careful what you wish for!

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Worst Period Story submitted by Kristina

Kristina writes:

I got my first period last year and within a few cycles, I regretted saying “Ugh. I wish it was heavier than this. This isn’t even a period!”

I was the girl that was really wanting hers and researching EVERYTHING.

Well, the day started off with me waking up and starting. I figured… Welp… Probably just another small one once again. NO.

Never have I been so shocked at how much blood I was losing!

I went through heavy pads within an hour and I was only 12! Talk about being paranoid.

I even leaked through my pants a bit and on the sheets.

Luckily, I have been somewhat regular and haven’t had a heavy period like that again!

So girls, remember I was just like you – wanting it so bad till I realized what it was actually like!

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My First Period Story: I thought I broke my butt!

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Upbeat Teen’s first period story

Upbeat Teen writes:

I was playing outside with my best guy friend’s little brother (and btw I had a major crush on my best guy friend).

I thought it would be cool to build a type rope to walk across so we found this long piece of rope and tied it to the two trees in my front yard.

I got at least half way across when I suddenly hit the splits and fell over! I told my best guy friends brother that I thought I broke my butt! LOL

I ran in the house and went to the bathroom to see if my butt was split in half and I saw blood so I called my mom.

She said it was just my period. I was like no mom I’m pretty sure I broke my butt! And I even told her what happened.

Any way try thats the story of how I got my first period!

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My Period Diary: I got my period in Tokyo!

I got my period on vacation!
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Recently I took a 1 week trip to the amazing city of Tokyo. I had been planning this trip for a longggg time and it was really tough getting the vacation days I wanted so I didn’t plan this trip around my period by any means.

When I was packing, I thought to myself… well I just got my period two weeks ago so I’m not due yet.. but JUST IN CASE I’ll pack some supplies. So I just threw the ziplock of pads and tampons I had packed from my last trip in my luggage.

In the middle of the week I could feel that something was happening in my uterus.. it was cramping a bit and my boobs were so big! These are all my tell tale signs that my period is coming very soon which was ODD because I wasn’t due yet!!

I really didn’t want to get my period on vacation because we were walking around a lot and I hate trying to find a toilet and constantly checking to see if I’m leaking.

The next day, I had spotted quite a lot so I thought for sure that my period was coming early so I changed from a liner to a pad.

And OF COURSE, the day I put on an Always Infinity pad and walk all around Tokyo, there is not a drop of blood. -___-

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At the very end of my trip, I got my period on the flight home which is about exactly 3 weeks since my last period. Thankfully I still had some supplies to use on the last leg of my trip!

Check out my photos from Japan:
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Can you spot the Always Infinity?

Can you spot the Always Infinity?

See more here:
Periods Around The World – Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2
Periods Around The World – Tokyo, Japan Pt 2/2

P.S. JAPAN IS AMAZING AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AGAIN!!!

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Embarrassing Period Story: The whole class saw my period stain!

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Embarrassing Period Story submitted by Anna

Anna writes:

So, I was in 3rd period as usual, Math. I thought that it was lunch so I got all excited to use the bathroom (change my pad).

So I got in the classroom, remembered I had three periods before lunch and sank in my chair. It had passed 30 minutes before my teacher let me use the bathroom. And when I got up I didn’t look at my seat, just pulled down my jacket.

When I got in the bathroom I check for a blood stain, and there it was, a bright red period blood stain.

Then, I walked back in the classroom and everyone stares at me. I’m not talking about just 3-5 people, I’m talking about 18-20. Yeah, so I sit down all nervous and junk.

Then, my bff leans over and says there was something red on your seat! She then explained how when she saw it she told the WHOLE CLASS, but it gets EVEN BETTER, OUT LOUD!?

Yeah, to then add, my cousin asked if “it” was on my pants. Then, I got called to go stand up, yet again, and go do makeup work.

So, I get to the bathroom again, pull out my phone, and call my mom. She then tells my GRANDPA! Of all the people, my GRANDPA!?

So, yeah that was my embarrassing period story… Well, hope this inspired you to wear thicker pads and also maxi if your heavy. Stay clean and DRY!

Love, Anna

P.S. I am in 6th grade and this happened last week!

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    Worst Period Story: Sleepover Nightmare!

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    No not today!

    Anonymous Reader writes:

    This worst period story is about my SLEEPOVER NIGHTMARE!

    It was my best friends birthday, she was having a sleepover at her house. They wanted to go swimming and me being on my period refused.

    I didn’t want to tell them the truth because none of them have gotten it yet. I told them I forgot my bathing suit and well my sister did too.

    We went to the mall and her grandpa offered to buy me and my sister a bathing suit. My sister got a bathing suit and when we got back they tried to push me in the pool (swim suit or not).

    After an hour of fighting them off we decided to watch a movie and set up our beds.

    I was sleeping on an air mattress, her grandpa gave me WHITE sheets and a WHITE blanket.

    I didn’t think the blood would soak through my pad but it did.. When I woke up I felt it, the damp spots on my shorts.

    Everyone was still sleeping so I tried to clean myself up. I changed and put on a new pad, put toilet paper on my panties too because they were still wet >.> (I should’ve brought an extra pair of panties).

    Everyone woke up and her grandpa came to grab the blankets and sheets. I put the sheet in a ball and handed it to him to wash.

    I’m not sure if her grandpa found out or seen the stain but I left right after that. I told no one.

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    Periods Around The World: Tokyo, Japan Pt 2/2

    Tokyo, Japan

    In September, I took a short trip to Tokyo, Japan to explore the incredible city. I went to some of their most popular drug stores to see their period aisles.

    Pads seemed to be the more popular option in Japan. I didn’t see many tampons but later on in my trip, I found a few boxes on a bottom shelf.

    Here is part 2 of 2 from my adventure! See part 1 here.


    japanese pads, periods around the worldLots of colourful packaging to catch your attention!
    japanese pads, periods around the worldAll pads are packaged in plastic wrapping and not cardboard boxes like we have in North America.

    japanese pads, periods around the worldCan you spot the Always pads?

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    japanese pads, periods around the world100 JPY = ~1.00 USD

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    japanese pads, periods around the world

    japanese pads, periods around the worldLots of colourful options to choose from!

    japanese pads, periods around the worldIn this drugstore, the pads are right next to the beauty section.

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    Can you read Japanese? What does the packaging say?

    xo,
    -Dedy

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    Send them to: info[at]theperiodblog.com

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    Periods Around The World: Tokyo, Japan Pt 1/2

    Tokyo, Japan

    In September, I took a short trip to Tokyo, Japan to explore the incredible city. I went to some of their most popular drug stores to see their period aisles.

    Pads seemed to be the more popular option in Japan. I didn’t see many tampons but later on in my trip, I found a few boxes on a bottom shelf.

    Here is part 1 of 2 from my adventure! See part 2 here.


    japanese-pads-drugstore-18“Sanitary thing”
    japanese-pads-drugstore-17I think the bottom right products are actually for incontinence but I’m not really sure!

    japanese-pads-drugstore-14In some drug stores, they were sold in bulk. These ones were sold in groups of 3.

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    japanese-pads-drugstore-20Pads are located next to the diapers (see right side).

    japanese-pads-drugstore-11In this drugstore, the pads are right next to the beauty section.

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    Can you read Japanese? What does the packaging say?

    xo,
    -Dedy

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    Send them to: info[at]theperiodblog.com

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