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Menarche (Overview)

Menarche is the onset of menstruation.


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What is average age for menarche?

What is average age for menarche?

12 and 1/2: For african americans about age 12 and a few months. For whites about 12 and a half. There have been at least five different studies since 2000 which gave slightly different results. ...Read more

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Menarche (Overview)

Menarche is the onset of menstruation.


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What are menarche symptoms?

MENARCHE: The first 2 years after menarche , the mens. Are irregular, sometimes heavy or light and at times no bleeding. This is normal. ...Read more

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Are there any tests to determine if a teen has gone through menarche (first period)?

Are there any tests to determine if a teen has gone through menarche (first period)?

See below: This is usually obvious. Most girls will have their firs period within two years after the onset of breast development. If you are concerned that your child should have had menarche and has not, than tests looking at certain hormones, as well as a psychical exam can be done. ...Read more

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My older sis is taller by 1 inch. We are both tall but I used to smoke in college and had menarche a year earlier. What cause my 'stunting'?

Not stunted: You & your sister are similar, but unless you are identical twins, your genes are not exactly the same. This may account for such a small difference in height. Also, the earlier you go through menarche, which is partially genetically determined, the earlier you are likely to stop growing. Smoking, if you didn't start until you were 18, probably had nothing to do with it, but if younger it might. ...Read more

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Does menarche mean a girl can get pregnant? Or before it or after it? There's so much debate on this, whether you ovuate before menarche or dont.

It happens: Yes, it is possible for a girl to get pregnant before she has her first menstrual period. Although it is relatively uncommon, ovulation can occur prior to menarche, and pregnancy is a risk. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for menarche?

What is the treatment for menarche?

No treatment needed.: Menarche is the normal time when the first menstrual period occurs. If the periods are very heavy or crampy, then sometimes birth control pills are used to help this. Painful periods are called dysmenorrhea, maybe that is what you meant? Besides birth control, nsaid's like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) can be used. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any disorders that can lead to never having menarche?

Can you tell me any disorders that can lead to never having menarche?

A few: Some genetic problems can result in never having menarche...Absence of uterus and or ovaries can definitely affect it. Anorexia prior to menarche could delay it...We don't usually worry until 15-16 and no periods then do ultrasounds to make sure uterus and ovaries are present and chromosomal testing. ...Read more

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What do risk factors for breast cancer such as early menarche, late menopause, & nullipara have in common?

What do risk factors for breast cancer such as early menarche, late menopause, & nullipara have in common?

Hormone: Longer exposure to higher levels of estrogen hormones is suggested, but these statistical findings are a measurement of increased risks. The statistics are not meant to tell us why things happen, they only measure what is seen in the us population. See gail risk model measurements. ...Read more

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My daughter is only 142 CM . She is 15 yrs now , attained menarche at age 10 . Can she in any way grow in height ? I am 148 CM & my husband is 172.

My  daughter is only  142 CM . She is 15 yrs now , attained menarche at age 10 . Can she in any way grow in height ?  I am 148 CM & my husband is 172.

Unlikely: You can usually expect 4-5 cm after menarche but that is usually complete within 2-3 yrs. By 5 yr later, the growth centers of the bones have usually fused & no further linear growth is possible. An x-ray of her hand can show of there are growth centers still open & growth possible.Estimated height based on parent height would be 155cm, but many other factors can prevent attaining that level. ...Read more

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What is isolated menarche?

What is isolated menarche?

Isolated menarche: Isolated menarche is menstural bleeding in pre-pubital girls and who are not showing any signs of sexual maturation. ...Read more