Signs of first period every girl must know before puberty

Young girls must know the early signs of first period or menstrual cycle to avoid feeling discomfort when it finally arrives.

A menstrual cycle is a natural process in the life of every human with a uterus, and during reproductive years. But hitting menarche without awareness can be a traumatic or shocking experience for a young girl. The onset of periods for girls usually happens when they are around 12 years old. Some may experience it even earlier. It is important that they are made aware of the signs of first period so that they can embrace and handle this important change in life with a little maturity.

If you are an older woman reading this, you would know that there is no sure-shot way of predicting when your daughter or younger sister will begin periods. But it will always be wiser to prepare her mentally for what lies ahead and why. You should also talk to her about certain physical signs of first period that she may experience as she grows older.

What are the signs of first period?

1. Age

Typically, periods would begin around the age of 10. But this may differ from person to person. Some girls experience early puberty, while others may experience delayed puberty. This may be impacted by multiple factors including heredity matters, hormones, body composition, health and environment. It may occur anytime between 8 to 14 years of age, marking the transition from childhood to adulthood.

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2. Breast development

Your breasts begin to develop and get enlarged at least 2 years before the first period. Girls may experience a sudden spurt in growth at least a year before the first time they experience vaginal bleeding due to menstruation. These changes are mainly due to increased levels of estrogen. Your breasts may also begin feeling tender and a little painful.

Breast development as a sign of first period
Notice breast development as an early sign of puberty. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Body hair

One of the early puberty signs is the visible growth of hair on breasts and overall body. Pubic hair also follows after your breasts start growing. Initially, you may notice the appearance of soft hair around your vulva and on your pubic bone. These will gradually become darker and thicker with age.

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4. Skin changes

The onset of puberty may bring in certain changes in your skin. You may notice more pimples or acne issues. This is due to increased production of sebum, an oily substance capable of clogging pores. This may lead to skin problems.

5. Vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge is usually a clear or whitish, sticky fluid that comes from your vagina. This is caused by changing hormones in your body and is a way for your vagina to keep itself clean and moisturised so that good bacteria can flourish and keep you healthy. Getting vaginal discharge may be one of the signs of first period. This may indicate that periods may start in about six months to a year.

vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge may become your new normal. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

6. Mood swings

When you are about to get your first period, you may experience mood swings and fatigue. It is a premenstrual symptom most women complain about as long as their periods last! You may experience more anxiety, irritability, sadness or even a troubled pattern of sleeping. It’s a part of the process.