Fact: Everyone develops at their own pace. The same way some friends go through a growth spurt in 6th grade and others in 8th grade, some will get their first period early and others a little later.
Average Age of First Periods
*Every body* is different, but most people get their first period between the ages of 8 and 16. In the US, the average age of the first period is 12.5 years old.
When will you get your first period? It’s hard to know for sure, but you can always ask your mom, aunt, or older sister when they got theirs — the age of first periods can be similar across family members.
What Will My Period Feel Like?
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You’ll Get Your Period When Your Body is Ready
If you haven’t gotten your first period yet and all your friends have, don’t freak out! Just because you’re the only one who hasn’t gotten their period—or the only one who *has* gotten theirs—doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. Your body will go through this change when it’s ready. Until then, ask allllll the questions so you feel prepared for your first period when it does happen.
PS, our friend, Arielle, made a video about the different ages she and her friends were when they got their first periods — check it out here!