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Severe Cramps But Never Had a Period

Published: November 30, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Severe cramps but I have not had my first period could it be coming?

Dear Severe Cramps But Never Had a Period,

As a general rule, the onset of menstruation usually begins about two years after your breasts begin to develop. A common sign of an impending first period is cramping especially in the abdominal area. Menstrual cramps can be sharp and strong or dull and achy. In some cases, cramping finds its way to the lower back as well. A heating pad or over-the-counter pain reliever may diminish cramps.


The time leading up to menstruation, a girl will grow pubic, armpit and leg hair. Her hip size will also increase and she will get taller. Before a first period, a girl might feel bloated, and her breasts might feel sore or swollen. Some girls also experience headaches or acne breakouts.

It would be good to have this conversation with your mother because she obviously went through the process herself and will be able to share her experience. She also would have an idea if the cramps were not related to the beginning of menstruation which would mean that you might want to be seen by a doctor.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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