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Worried it Won't Happen to Me.

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

All my friends have started their periods and have begun to grow breasts apart from me. I am worried now that it will never happen to me.

Signed: Worried it Won't Happen to Me.

Dear Worried it Won't Happen to Me.,

 

The age that a female begins her menstrual cycle (period) can vary by several years. Girls can begin their menstrual cycle from age 8 to 18, but most girls begin theirs anywhere from 11 to 14. It usually starts about 2 years after breast development and 1 - 2 years after your pubic hair begins to come in. A fairly good predictor can be the age at which your close female relatives started menstruating rather than comparing yourself to your friends.

 

For more information on the menstrual cycle check out, "Periodless", "Missing My Period" and "16, No Period" ".

 

If you are over 16 years old and you have not started your period yet you should contact your doctor to have it checked out.

 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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