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Dear Dish-It: Am I Getting My Period?

Dec 13, 2010

Dear Dish-it,

What signs tell you that your period is coming?

double d 2112

Dear double d 2112,

There are lots of different “signs” or symptoms that give you a hint that you’re about to get your period. Not everyone has all of these symptoms – some girls don’t even experience any of them. Everybody and every body is different…however, some of the more common period “signs” include:

  • Age: A very common age to start your period is between 8 and 13. That’s when most girls hit puberty.
  • Growth (height)/breast development: During puberty, the hormones in your body stimulate new physical development. You’ll likely grow taller and start developing breasts at this time. About 2 or 2.5 years after your breasts start to develop, you will likely get your period.
  • Hair growth: You may notice new hair growing under your arms and in other places on your body where there wasn’t any hair before. This also has to do with puberty and growing up, and could be a sign that your period is coming soon.
  • Discharge: About 6 months or so before you get your first period, you may notice more discharge than usual. This is totally normal and common, and there’s no need to worry about it, unless it smells strongly or causes you to itch.
  • Stronger emotions: Some girls find they feel extra sad or easily annoyed right before their period. You may even get more angry than normal or cry more easily. Some girls crave certain types of food leading up to their period. These symptoms are all caused by changes in your body’s hormones.
  • Bloating: Some girls feel bloated or puffy because of water retention, or have sore, swollen breasts or more headaches than normal.
  • Acne: Your skin may flare up right before your period, also due to hormones.

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Bella_G35

Bella_G35 wrote:

My First Period. I Remember , My Mood Swings Were Horrible. I Had No Chest Or Butt. I Was Paper Lol, You Wouldn't Even Believe It. And I Remember Me Snapping At My Siblings, And My Mom Wanting To Have A Talk. After All That Good Stuff , Sure Enough We Went Shopping, Tampons, Pads, And Even Razors. The Struggles Of Becoming A Real Woman cx
commented: Sun Nov 30, 2014

KilgoreBulldogs
I haven't gotten my period yet buuutttttttt I do have symptoms like I get real jelly (emotion change) when my boyfriend hangs out with other girls like his exes or whenever my boy friend is around I get real sleepy and I crave foods or drinks until I get some in my systom rightnowand for the the past fewweeks I've been craving Starbucks
commented: Tue Nov 18, 2014

KilgoreBulldogs
I haven't gotten my period yet buuutttttttt I do have symptoms like I get real jelly (emotion change) when my boyfriend hangs out with other girls like his exes or whenever my boy friend is around I get real sleepy and I crave foods or drinks until I get some in my systom rightnowand for the the past fewweeks I've been craving Starbucks
commented: Tue Nov 18, 2014

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