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what age is normal for a teen getting her first period?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
9-12: Usually, on average.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ave in US 12-13: The expected range in the us is 9-15 with about 1% occurring earlier or later.
Dr. Deborah Archer
Pediatrics 19 years experience
9-16 years: Average age as mentioned is 12 to 13 but that does vary. Can depend on the mothers age of her first menses, also can depend on ethnicity for unknown reason girls of color more often start earlier usually age 9 or 10. So it can be as early as 9 and as late as 16 years old. However usually first there are signs of breast development and pubic hairs prior to any bleeding.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are all the signs that a teen might get her first period?

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Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Menarche: Or the start of periods most often occurs after thelarche or breast budding has been present for 2 years. Other symptoms of this puberty are leukorrhea, which is the normal mucusy discharge from the vagina.

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