I’m in sixth grade and my best friend already has her period. I want mine, but also sort of don’t. I need to know exactly when it will come. It needs to come soon and not at school for the first time. Please help! I don’t know what to do and I can’t talk to my mom. Too embarrassing!
You can breathe a sigh of relief – plenty of girls do NOT have their periods by sixth grade. Most girls get their periods between the ages of 10 and 15. Everyone is different, but it usually happens about 2 years after your breasts start developing.
Unfortunately, periods don’t come by appointment. You won’t know until it arrives. If your first period (aka “Aunt Flo”) arrives for the first time when you’re at school, don’t panic. Instead, be prepared by keeping some supplies (a couple of pads) in your backpack or locker. If you need help, ask a friend or a female teacher. If it stains your clothes (this hardly ever happens because first periods are usually light), wrap a sweater or sweatshirt around your waist until you can change.
And we understand how you feel about your period. It’s OK to want it and it’s OK to not want it, even at the same time! Anything new is weird for a while. It’s also more than OK to talk to your mom or another girl/woman you are close to. If you need some questions answered, why not ask someone who knows Aunt Flo quite well!
More about periods on KidsHealth.org