Question No. 50: When will my period come?

OK, so we are taking a question out of order today because someone wrote in to say: i think someone shood RLY answer #50. me and alot of other people i no have that question.

We have granted your wish! Here is Question 50: Dear PLS, i have hair down there, and im having vaginal discharge and i've been having it for about 8 months. when will my period come? M., 11

This is a popular question, and a tough one to answer exactly. Doctors say that vaginal discharge happens for about 6 months to a year before a girl's first period. So at 8 months, you're definitely in the ballpark. They also say that your first period happens about two years after breast development begins.

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A Discharge Discussion

Talking to Mom/Mum About Your Period

All About Menstruation

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your first period is a very light period can it just go away for a while?It happened to my aunt and now its happening to me

April 8, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had discharge for a year! What is going on!? Do I need to see a doctor?

April 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Katie Kutie said...

I think I have discharge, but I don't see it in my underwear! I am worried!

April 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I have had discharge for a year and 3 months, i am 4 months away from having boobs for 2 years and i have pubic hair. What is wrong???? Shouldnt i already have my period?!?!

April 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jemma please answer Anna's question! I have the same one!

April 11, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Jemma said...

Coming right up!

April 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jemma!

April 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anna-Beth said...

Yeah Jemma, could you please post it on the blog? I also have that question!

April 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Period Ready said...

can someone answer annas question? she seems really worried

April 12, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just got my period today and it is worse than the plague. my first ever period. i hope that you just want your period because you are getting older and shows signs of problems having to do with your hormones and health, NOT because everyone is teasing you about it and saying their a "woman". all girls who think that having a period is your chance to say you're a woman they're wrong. women have:
-husband or boyfriend
-driver's license
-high-school diploma
-college degree

April 12, 2011 at 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys,
I have been feeling very moody lately, like I just get so mad and annoyed very easily, and I sometimes just cry for no reason, I'm not even sad! I also have had vaginal discharge for probably 6-7 months, and my breasts have been developing for about 2 years, (it started when I was 9, I am 11 now.) Do any of you know if I am close to my period? If you know please tell me, I am a little nervous because I haven't told my mom about these symptoms yet.
P.S not all woman have kids, husband or boyfriend, college degree, and/or job. Woman are woman when they turn 18.

April 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous M said...

Thanks for answering my question! i rly needed advice and its hard 2 talk 2 my mom bcuz she jokes around about EVERYTHING. once i got an f and she joked around about that. and wen i told her that i needed a cup bra she said "ya u need a cup bra for ur little boobs!" and now im stuck with a sports bra....

April 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel bad for u! If I were u and I was in ur situation I would just go and buy a cupped bra myself good luck :)

April 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't rush your self nd want your period evryonees diffrent so just wait your gonna have to get it onee dayy. # pretty shaee

April 18, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M, try this: tell your grandma! Say "Gramma, can we go shopping, i need some, "girl stuff" and mom won't take me."

April 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

ya me too i would ask gramma or just buy one myself go ahead!

April 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

ps i am kinda needing a padded bra too for support since they are starting to get sore. do you guys have any advice for me on asking my mom about getting one? thanks:)

April 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ask! It seems hard, but really it is easy once you ask, you are nervous then when you ask your like, that was easy!

April 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM  
Anonymous Julia said...

Guys please answer this!!!

Hey guys,
I have been feeling very moody lately, like I just get so mad and annoyed very easily, and I sometimes just cry for no reason, I'm not even sad! I also have had vaginal discharge for probably 6-7 months, and my breasts have been developing for about 2 years, (it started when I was 9, I am 11 now.) Do any of you know if I am close to my period? If you know please tell me, I am a little nervous because I haven't told my mom about these symptoms yet.

April 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont realy know what to tell you!!! you will get it when u get it and u cant speed it up or slow it down! just be ready for it when it happens! mine caught me by total suprise!!! i wasnt ready for it so i totaly freaked [= just have pads in the bottom of tour purse or backpack for emergencies!!! good luck!!

April 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

PLEASE JEMMA ANSWER ME. ok so i have been having Discharge for 8-9 months, have hair down there, have a little armpit hair, have boobs. i haven't had a growth spurt yet im the 2nd shortest in my class. by the way I'm 11 and in 6th grade.please answer i really want to know if im close. Thanks

May 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive had discharge for over 2 years now, still no sign of aunt flo will it ever come? most of my friends have it. one only started getting discharge in january of this year (2011) and got her period today. harriet

May 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Anonymous tess said...

ummmm, i told my former bff about my . but now were in a fight and i think she might tell other people about it because shes mad at me..... plz help!

May 7, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Thaanie said...

i believe periods can be pretty annoying.. i enjoyed my life well before i got it... :\\

May 8, 2011 at 6:17 AM  
Anonymous harlie said...

im scared i dont wanna tell my mom

May 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i get vaginal discharges
should i tell my mum about it ?????????

May 12, 2011 at 8:04 AM  
Anonymous tess said...

okay, u HAVE to tell ur mom! its not that oquard and the sooner u tell her the sooner it will be over with! good luck!

May 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

i have been kinda moody lately and my parents think i just have a bad attitude!? how do i take care of this?

May 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

I can't really control that hormones are making me moody and my parents keep lecturing me about my "attitude". Help! Jemma, how can I get them to figure this out!? Seriously they think I am just having a bad attitude. How can i fix this? Please help answer this, Jemma!

May 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey I think I had my period but how do I tell

May 25, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... will feel wet like discharge... but wetter and when you look down it will be blood not white stuff thats how

June 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need 2 get aunt flo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 22, 2011 at 2:48 AM  
Anonymous lilybug said...

Bryn,me to!!!!!! My parents say how sassy I am but can't control my additide. I think my peroid is coming up!!!!!!!

July 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

well all i can say is i got my discharge when i was 8 and then it stoped when i was nearly 9 then about six months later it came back and i still have and still no sign of my period and now i am 12 what is going onwith me??????? if this happened anyone else can you please give me an answer to what is going on!!!!!??!!!!!! from: whats going on down there!!!!!!

July 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Anonymous M said...

thx again for answering my question :D i started having a growth spurt and bigger "boobies" but still no period.

August 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous ♥Immy♥ said...

Dear Jemma,
my period is weird!One day it's heavy, and the other it's to the piont i only have to wear a minni pad!!Plus sometimes it will catch me off gurad, and im to frighted to talk to my mom about it... it's weird to me to talk to her about it!Jemma if you can help me that would be this may be off subject, but i've posted alot of stuff, hope im not one of those silly little girls who give advice and then need some that everyone ignores.But anyway i'm super scared about my period... plus im not aloud to cary anything like a purse to keep pads in it at my school till 7th grade, im in 6th grade!HELP ME!!Someone CALL THE PBB's police!!Thanks Jemma PLease answer!!I'm desperate for an answer!!

September 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous C.C. said...

hi! trust me honey, you DO NOT want it yet! it is the worse thing in the world! you have to have his giant pad on allday! and its embarresing if it bleeds through! it uncomfertable! you are lucky! i am 13 and got it last year! I HATE IT!

September 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous ndg said...

to ♥Immy♥, are you allowed to cary a binder? thats where i put mine. or maybe u have a jacket with a pocket on the inside? i have one of those... Maybe u cud keep one hidden in ur lunchbox, and then right before lunch u can be like i have to go to the bathroom! and just take ur lunchbox with u? if all else fails u cud shove one in ur pocket and wear a long shirt...

October 9, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous ndg said...

anyone else always get wedgies from their pads? haha sounds funny but i always have this issue!!

October 9, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Pepper mints said...

I have had lots of discharge and cramps am I getting my period

October 23, 2011 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepper mints yes but you know wht u had once a month before mine. Well once a month i would get really bad discharge then i would get really moody

October 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Anonymous qwertyuiop said...

the discharge thing is not true. I've had discharge for almost 3 years now and still no period and I have have no boobs! I'm 13 and 14 in 4 months!!!! where is my period!!!!!!!

November 7, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Anonymous SP said...

Qwertyuiop its differant 4 evry1

November 12, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I know I shouldn't want my period, because everyone says it sucks, but I feel left out because everyone else has had theirs. I have had discharge for a 1 1/2 now, have had a growth spurt, weigh 105, have hair "down their", and I am 13 years old. I play a lot of sports, and I know that may be one reason, but I'm still confused... ? E, 13

December 12, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have boobs, i have had a growth spurt, i have hair "down there" and in my pits, i weigh 105, i have cramps sometimes, I have had discharge for 1 1/2 years, and I'm 13. I know I shouldn't want to meet Suzie, but I do! I'm hopelessly confused. E

December 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm in 8th grade and have boobs 36a and they have been growing for 3 1/2 years! And have hair down there and on my armpits for almost 2 years. Also I have had discharge for 4 years! Please help! I'm worried.

December 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Anonymous LOVEBLUE:) said...

@Anonymous^^: Thats ok its normal :) Dont worry as every girl is very unique :) Your all special i your own way so don't worry about it. Your period will come the same as everyone else.

January 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP!!! IM SOOO SCARED!! I just got my period and im panicking. I feel sooo ill. HELP!

January 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Im about 13 and a half. I'm the only (seriously) only girl in my grade who hasn't gotten their period. I have small breasts but all the women in my family do and have had them for three years. I also have a little hair down there, v. discharge for about 6 months, leg hair, but no underarm hair. Any good guesses? Or are you just as clueless as I am?

January 9, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Aida said...

O.K, I've had boobs (small, size 28) since 4th grade. In 4th grade, I had very little discharge, but now, I'm in 6th grade, and I get cramps like, every day, My discharge is muliticolor, but my mother got her period wen she was 14, and I'm hary, and I'm 11! HELP! When will it come?!?

January 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont worrie about your period all of you its not as bad as you think it would be. I just turned 13 on the12th of jan. And on oct.,22, 2011 i got my first period! Not like i was home, i was at a friend sleep over party and that night we were going to go to a hunted house but before we left i went to the bath room because i had to pee and when i wipe i saw this dark ugly colored blood it was grossed! I did not tell any one because i thought it was a false alarm. So we went to the hunted house and when we came back i used the bath room again and nothing was there so at this time i think it is a complete false alarm so i carrie on with the rest of the night. The next day my mom came to pick me up and take me to church i did not tell them that i got my period and after church when i went to the bath room blood was every where so that minute i knew i had my period!

And that is my storry! This shows how yourperiod could com any time any day!!! Just be prepared ( =

January 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard on the internet that the time your period comes is related to your mom's but my mom used to live in a poor country and not enough to eat. my mom said she got it at 14, but i now live in Canada with good food and health. please help me.

June 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Taylornicole said...

I'm 13 I have hair down south but not in my pits I have had discharge for 3 to 4 months now and around the same time I started to get boobs and they are very small I wear a size 30 a bra and my mon started mid 8th grade but she skipped a grade and so she started when she would've been in 7th I asked her when he started hers wen I was In the middle of my 7th grade year which scared me and I was at a friends house one day and I got a headache and cramps an she was like you'll probably start soon and I have really bad like mood swings everyone and then and my mom gets mad because of my "attitude

July 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 13 year old I have all the signs(thick discharge,boob growth,grown taller,cramps, back pain,headaches,ect.)but my mom didn't start till 15 and my sister didn't start till 14 am I going to start my period soon?

July 19, 2012 at 5:01 AM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

I am guessing that you are close to your period. I was about the same when I got my period except I had vaginal discharge for only like a month.
Think pink!

July 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

You should also ask your mom when she got hers because you will most likely get yours around the same time.

July 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

I think that you are close but there is no way to tell you exactly when you will get your period.

July 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Everyone is different so don't worry. It will happen eventually. Do not worry. Enjoy your time without it because I wish it never happend!!!

July 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Lol! Me too!!!

July 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

I do too!!!! LOL!!!!!!! : D

July 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive been having discharge for about 6 months or more...i get headaches more than usual!i get cramps sometimes ....i sweat more....VERY MOODY..and parents shout at me becuz of my "attitude!!tired more ...have boobs but not that big 30-32A...have a little hair "down there"...have no armpit hair visible hair on my legs hairy but not like a jungle its like i want to shave but my mom wont let me...Please help Jemma When will i get my period i want to get over with it!!:'(

August 2, 2012 at 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh and im 12

August 2, 2012 at 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Hi my mom got her period at age,9 and so did my sister but im 12 almost 13 I have all the signs whats going on

August 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know right i dont live with my mum so i had to ask my dad it really isnt that hard. i found i kept hesitating (like trying sort of bring up the toppic) but just kinda blurt it out and you hav done it. and my dad was really supportive but if your parents arn't so much maybe concider talking to an aunt ,older sister or granma.

August 10, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the exact same problem 13 aswell, all my friends have started i feel like theres something wrong with me have been having discharge for like 1 year 6 months now!:'( please answer

September 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm 11 and I've had discharge for a while. I've been really moody and hungry lately, and I may be getting close to having my period. The only thing is, I have no breasts. I'm really skinny and small. Is it normal to get your period before breast growth? And will it take me longer to get breasts since I'm small?

November 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have has discharge for a year when will it begin!?!?!?

December 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have had discharge for 2 years its been a year and a half since breast development i have acne and i have had pubic hair for like 2 years but no period is there something wrong with me (by the way my mom got at 12 and im 11)

March 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Jemma! I'm 12 years old (just turned 12 in Feburary)on April 15th I will have had discharge for 6 months, I know people say about 6 months to a year (to get ur period) but other people say 2-3 years, for real when will I get my period? (I'm so confused)

March 28, 2013 at 4:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had discharge for more than two years and my boobs started to develops about a year ago they're fairly small and I have pubic hair, no period??

April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have had discharge for a while and my doctor and mom said it was coming but i still haven't had it.I have had pubic hair for about 2 years and im 13. i even had a dream about having it!Whats going on?!?!?!

May 4, 2013 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When your mom is in a good and relaxed mood, just say "Hey mom. I think its time for me to get some new bras. Could we maybe go look for some soon?"or "My bras have been feeling a little to tight so I think it is time for some new ones" or "Mom, I thinks it time for me to start wearing padded bras."
Also, if you go bra shopping, pick out a padded bra and ask to try it on. Then you can mention something about those being the kind for you. Hope this help! :)

June 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm 11 and I've had boob growth, boobs for about 2 and a half years, discharge for 3 years, a growth spurt, hair "down there" and hair on my underarms and legs and have been shaving for 9 months, stomach cramps heavy discharge, increased appetite and still no period. My mom had hers when she was 14 but I've been showing all the signs. Plz help.

August 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i'm 10 in two months 11 i've had pubic hair since 6 armpit hair since 7 boobs since 9 discharge for 9 months and just started growing alot of leg hair why don't i have my period

September 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had boobs for 4 and a half years, and now I have had discharge for 1 and a half years, I already shave everywhere, and still no period :( I am 14, and worried

July 3, 2014 at 11:54 PM  

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