How Can I Reassure My Daughter That She'll Get Her Period?

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Two of my daughter's friends got their periods, and she's worried because she hasn't gotten hers yet. What can I do to reassure her?
- Emmeline

You can start by telling her that every girl’s body has its own schedule. There's no way to know exactly when she'll get her first period, but it usually occurs about 2 to 2½ years after starting puberty. Some girls get their period by age 9, but others don't get their period until they're 15.

Puberty progresses at different rates in different people. Reassure your daughter that it's perfectly normal to get her period a little earlier or a little later than her friends. And remind her that she can always talk to you or her doctor if she has any questions about the changes she's going through.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: April 2012

Related Resources

Web SiteMy Little Red Book - a book of first period stories This site for My Little Red Book lets users share stories and get more information about the women's charities that will benefit from the sale of the book.
OrganizationAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.
Web SiteBeingGirl This website offers answers to questions about puberty and menstruation, as well as information about music and fashion, quizzes, and games.
Web, developed by the U.S. Office on Women's Health, offers girls between the ages of 10 and 16 information about growing up, food and fitness, and relationships.

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