First Period Frequently Asked Questions
When do girls get their first period?
Girls can get their first period as early as 8 years old or as late as 16 years old. On average, girls will get their first period between ages 9-12.
What are some signs that a girl will get her first period?
Typically girls will get their period around 2 years after her breasts start to develop, after she grows pubic hair and after she starts to secrete vaginal discharge.
When should I give her The Little Red Kit?
It's never too early to start learning about periods. We recommend you give her The Little Red Kit anytime after she starts puberty and before she gets her first period. This way she has plenty of time to look through it and ask questions.
How can I make a first period less stressful?
We know that first periods can be very scary and can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for young girls especially when she has no idea what's going on or even worse - has no period supplies with her.
To make a period less stressful, we recommend you:
- Keep period supplies readily available in your home so she knows where to find them even when you're not around.
- Tell her you will try your best to answer her questions. Simply hearing this can be reassuring for a young girl.
- Take her shopping for panty liners, pads, and tampons as part of a normal shopping routine.
I don't have the best relationship with my daughter so how can I support her?
Not everyone has the most talkative relationship with their daughter and that's totally okay. If you feel that she won't be comfortable talking to you about periods, find a trusted person that she can talk to, for example an aunt, grandmother, or older sibling.
With our Get-Ready Guide for Girls, she'll find all the answers she's looking for at her own pace and comfort.
She can also ask questions at The Period Blog where all our questions and comments are monitored. We've been answering period questions from our readers around the world since 2011.
*The contents of this FAQ page are for informational purposes only and are not intended as medical advice. For medical care and advice, you should consult your physician or health care provider. If you have any problem which concerns you, consult your physician immediately.