First Period Symptoms

Signs of first period

You’re probably wondering when your first period will come. Although most girls get their first period between 11 and 13 years old, you could start your period anywhere from between 9 and 16.

First period symptoms

You can take clues from your body. During puberty, when your body becomes sexually mature, you'll show some of these signs that your first period is on its way. These changes may happen in any order:

  • Developing breasts – One of the very first period symptoms is that you'll get breast "buds" (It can take three to four years for your breasts to then fully develop). Generally you will get your period about two years after your breasts start developing.
  • Growing pubic hair – Another sign that your first period is on its way: just after your breasts start to form, you'll start developing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first, then gradually become coarser. Your period usually arrives around one to two years after this.
  • Discharge – A third sign that your first period is on its way: You'll start to experience vaginal discharge that will be either white or yellowish. You may want to start using Always pantiliners to protect your underwear. Your period should start within the next few months after the start of discharge.

Preparing for your first period

Since you never know when your first period will arrive, it’s a great idea to be ready. Here are some ideas:

  • Know your protection. Most girls will use pads at least for their first period. Your first period will probably be fairly light so Always Radiant Teen or Always Incredibly Thin liners would be good choices for protection.
  • Prepare an emergency kit of a pantiliner, pad and clean underwear in a discreet bag.
  • Keep a pantiliner or pad in your school bag.
  • You can use toilet paper or tissue until you can get a pantiliner or pad. Your period won’t be heavy all at once, so you have a little time.
  • Ask a friend, school nurse or teacher for help – most schools keep extra pantiliners or pads for times like these.


  • Always Changing puberty education booklet.Holmes ans Hutchinson.Girlology's There's something new about you.