One of the major developmental changes that happens during puberty is menarche–the term for getting your first period. What signs can hint your first period might be coming soon? For many menstruators, puberty changes happen in roughly the same order (but please know that it is still normal if you go through puberty in a different order!) We can use this average timeline to have an idea of what might be coming next.
If you are 15 or older, and haven’t had your first period, it may be worth going to the doctor for a checkup. If you are over 13, haven’t had your first period, and also have not yet developed any puberty symptoms (such as developing breasts or pubic hair), it also might be worth it to touch base with your doctor.
Are you experiencing period pain? Are you worried your periods might be more painful than is normal or expected? Are you unsure of what is "normal" pain v. "abnormal" pain. Keep reading to find out more!
You may be experiencing abnormal bleeding that can indicate the need for a doctor’s visit. If any of these symptoms apply to you—don’t worry! These symptoms are not official diagnoses. Just helpful indications that you may need a check up! Here are some symptoms of abnormal bleeding.
Are you wondering what a “normal” period is? Are you worried that you may be bleeding too much or too irregularly? Are you struggling with cramps that seem to be much more severe than those of other menstruators you know? Are you well into your teenage years without having had your first period?
Is your period a few days late? Are you wondering what may be causing this symptom? A few different factors could be affecting the timing of your period. Here are five of the most common causes of a late period: