Ladies...how old were you...

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How old were you when you had your first menstrual period?

  1. <11

    10 vote(s)
    11.9%
  2. 11

    11 vote(s)
    13.1%
  3. 12

    23 vote(s)
    27.4%
  4. 13

    24 vote(s)
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  5. 14

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    6.0%
  6. 15

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    2.4%
  7. 16+

    9 vote(s)
    10.7%
  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I believe I was in 7th grade and 12 years old.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    like, nearly 17. It was right before the Military Ball for the JROTC :p
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    16! and here I thought that was average..

    I remember because on my 16th birthday someone was like "NOW SHE'S A WOMAN!" and my mom was like "NOT YET..hehehe" and I remember being mortified. Aunt flow arrived less than a week later.
     
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    I had just turned 10, I was the first if my friends and it was terribly heavy. I had to get a special Drs note to leave during block periods to use the restroom :( I was also the first of my friends to need a bra....and got teased terribly by boys because they could see it through white shirts. Unfortunately, I stayed the same size and everyone bypassed me!
     
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    16! Most of my friends started between 12-14
     
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    I was 8 and I hate all of you :p
     
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    kaykay21 herder brain & drool face

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    i was 12. i had just learned about it in school to.. freaking sucked
     
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    I don't remember my mom ever even telling me what it was. I only recall learning about it first from South Park!! :lol-sign: And school.
     
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    sassafras mushinois

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    10-ish.
     
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    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    I was like 12, and I started while visiting my dad, who I was NOT going to tell. I ended finding some tampons and pads that my aunt had left behind. I was going to attempt a tampon but after reading the toxic shock warning on the side of the box I freaked out and went with the pad-lol. I can't imagine starting at younger than 11.
     
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    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    I was around 16 years old, thank God.
     
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    I was 10, it was very close to my 11th birthday though I think. My mom had started at ten as well.
     
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    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

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    Absolutely no idea. How do you guys remember this stuff?!
     
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    Well, some people's families make it a pretty big deal, like "you're a woman now!!!" I've heard of people having parties, going out to dinner to celebrate, etc :confused:

    And, if your family does not celebrate this life tragedy, it's fairly like to be a mortifying experience if, say...you're 9 and don't know what a period is and think you're hemorrhaging, you get it at school, or your visiting your estranged father when it pops up.

    Plus, my doctors have always asked me pretty frequently...so...gotta remember for those people.
     
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    I was almost 17. I remember my mom getting nervous about me not getting it, she took me to the DR and he said it was late and if I didn't get it in the next 6 months they would do some tests, but I did get it soon after. I was on steroids off and on in my teens because of bad cases of poison ivy and sumac and my mom was afraid they did something to me.
    One of my daughters was about 10 and the other 16. I don't know how true it is but the DR. at the time told my mom that girls with more fat tend to get it earlier than those with less body fat.
     
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    Well I'm only 25 LOL, it was less than 10yrs. ago! Plus in my case it's kind of hard to forget since it did start literally the day of my 16th birthday.

    That is true, I was always super tiny with very little fat (and still am), so I hardly ever get a period anyway.
     
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    I've also heard girls with more body fat get it earlier...I'm SUPER thin, but I wasn't as thin in middle school/early high school when I started.

    I've also never missed a period, ever, even when I was emaciated and treated for starvation in a hospital. I had a BMI of <15 at one point, and still always got my period, 26 days later, every time.
     
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    Well that's a slightly amusing story. Right around the time I got my first period, my pet guinea pig died.

    Why I remember this all so well is that one day my teacher at the time took me out into the hall and told me that my mother had let her know what was going on, and she knew I was going through a rough time and if I needed anything blah blah blah. Naturally I thought she was talking about Fluffy dying and I was thinking "Wow, my mom and Mrs. B are really cool, they get it."

    Turns out she meant getting my period and when that became clear later in the conversation I was like... "Whut? THAT stupid thing... is not hard."
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    I got mine at 12 and was in the 7th grade. As far as body weight... I had just finished going through a tubby phase right before a major growth spurt and ended up being pretty thin.... so not sure if body weight contributed to when I started or not.

    Nowadays I rarely ever get my period.... once every so often if that. I don't think I ovulate right now so when I do get my period I think it's just my body shedding everything that's been building up over the months because when I do have mine it's pretty bad. Sorry for TMI.
     
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    I've heard that as well, but my experience was pretty different. All my overweight friends were late, all the thinner ones were earlier, under 12. Could be completely random scenario, though. I'd imagine it has to do more with actual health, and not just weight. Also, if you are active/serious in a sport or not. Genetics, too.
     
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