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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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About Dedy Wong

Dedy lives in Vancouver, BC and is a 2014 graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Psychology. She is the blogger, writer, photographer, and tester for all the reviews and articles on the blog.Her menstrual cycle is around 35 to 40 days long and she has tried just about everything from menstrual cups to reusable pads.

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