Having your first period

Teens-Having Your First Period

You’re probably wondering when your first period will come. Although most girls get their first period between 11 and 13 years old, you could start your period anywhere from between nine and 16.

The clues

You can take clues from your body. During puberty, when your body becomes sexually mature, you'll have some of these signs that your first period is on its way. By the way, these changes may happen in a different order:

  • Developing breasts – One sign of your first period on its way is that you'll get breast 'buds' (It can take three to four years for your breasts to then fully develop). Generally you will get your period about two years after your breasts start developing.
  • Growing pubic hair – Another sign that your first period is on its way: just after your breasts start to form, you'll start developing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first, then gradually become coarser. Your period usually arrives around one to two years after this.
  • Discharge – A third sign that your first period is on its way: You'll start to experience vaginal discharge that will be either white or yellowish. You may want to start using Always pantyliner s to protect your underwear. Your period should start within the next few months after the start of discharge.

Since you'll only have a general idea of when you'll get your period, you might want to do some planning.

Getting your period at school

  • Prepare an ‘emergency kit’ of a pantyliner, pad and clean underwear in a discreet bag
  • Keep a pantyliner or pad in your school bag
  • You can use toilet paper or tissue until you can get a pantyliner or pad. Your period won’t be heavy all at once, so you have a little time
  • Ask a friend, school nurse or teacher for help – most schools keep extra pantyliners or pads for times like these.

What to use

Most girls will use pads at least for their first period. Your first period will probably be fairly light so Always Thin Maxi Regular or Always Thin Ultra Regular would be a good choice of pad. If you are physically small, you may want to consider Always Thin Ultra Slender.

Relax, you will get your period, and you'll be an expert at them in no time.


  • Always Changing puberty education booklet.Holmes ans Hutchinson.Girlology's There's something new about you.