I got my period when I was 12. My daughter is now 13 and still
hasn't gotten hers. I always thought that girls got their
periods around the same time as their mothers.
Although many girls get their first period at around the same
age as their mothers or other close female family members did,
it's important to remember that every girl's body has its
own schedule. Some girls start to menstruate as early as age 8,
while others start as late as age 16.
For more information, check out these articles:
Female Reproductive System
How Can I Reassure My Daughter That She'll Get Her Period?
Talking to Your Child About Menstruation
Talking to Your Child About Puberty
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: October 2006
Originally reviewed by:
Neil Izenberg, MD
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