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A 39-year-old female asked:

My daughter is 13 turning 14 in march and she just go her period in october or september and shes 4'7 or 4'8 and she is in 8th grade is that to short?

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Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 37 years experience
Sounds normal: Onset of menses with female puberty will usually begin in the age range of 12-14. Some girls can begin as early as age 8-9! the first few cycles can be irregular.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Short,Yes: Girls generally grow an average of 2.5 inches (5cm) after 1st menses, that would place her at 58.5 inches as a projected final height or at the 10% for women.While shorter than most, she would have 10% that were shorter.She might actually grow a bit more than her projected height, but i wouldn't expect much.
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Last updated Jan 17, 2014

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