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Rachel
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Hi Everyone! My name is Rachel and i am 15 years old. Well i have never had my period yet. I mean my Mom got hers at 13. I am getting curious about why i have not gotten mine yet. I mean is there something wrong with me?? Like all of my friends have had their periods and have already developed when i have barely started developing. Whats wrong with me??
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pink
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Blah blah everyone developes at their own rate, blah blah. That is probably your case. Usually, you would get your period around the age your mom did. But not always.
Some signs of a soon-to-be period are:
Pubic hair (it gets dark & curly)
Breast development, hips, etc.
Vaginal Discharge (THis is a biggie. Clear or whitish ODORLESS vaginal discharge are a big sign. But, I had discharge for 2 or 3 years before I got my period.)

If your haven't gotten your period by the time you're 16, it's time to see a gynocologist. There are different diseases and conditions that could cause you not to menstruate. Also, weight plays a part in menstraution. If you are extremely skinny or have an eating disorder, it would throw off your cycle. Girls need a certain amount of fat to be able to menstraute. Emotions also have a part:if you are extremely stressed over something, it can mess things up. So chill out for a bit hun. Don't worry too bad.

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Heather
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Actually, it's not even abnormal to get your period at 18, even if you began some aspects of puberty at ten. It's truly all over the map. It's likely nothing is wrong with you, your body is just developing at its own pace.

But, as always, when in doubt, see your doctor and ask. Since a doctor has your medical history, and can look at your overall development, general health and weight and *really* assess if things are hunky-dory or not, that's the best person to ask, and there is no shame whatsoever in asking this question. Girls ask it every day.


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pink
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O wow..I never knew. The misinformation people give out .

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Heather
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You're so funny, pink.

Really, it's just all over the map, especially now that puberty is coming WAY earlier for some girls due to obesity and food preservatives and hormones, etc.

It's so hard to homogenize people, and people try and do it all the time. Sometimes, there are good reasons for trying, like health guidelines like these, but often, those guidlines are presented as somewhat inflexible, and then we all get confused.


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My mom got hers when she was seventeen...I got mine when I was thirteen.
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My roommate didn't get hers untill she was 18. Her body was under so much stress from her anorexia that it was unable to devote the energy to menstuation. It is a common problem with people with an extremely low amount of body fat. Could that be a factor? It was just something I thought of...

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Gumdrop Girl
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Soupy, there's something called the Critical Weight Hypothesis. Basically, it postulates that women need a certain amount of body fat to begin menstruating. That, and strenuous exercise can prevent menses.

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Rachel
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Thanks for replying everyone. I'm glad to know that there isn't really anything wrong with me. Now i read that you said that your friend didn't get hers because of Anorexia well i don't have an eating disorder but i am underweight for my age. Could that have something to do with it??????
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My guess would be that you are underweight for your age because you aren't as far into puberty as most girls your age. Of course it could be something else, so if you're really worried about it go to see a doctor- a doctor will be able to tell you for sure if something's wrong, rather than guessing.
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Being underweight can definitely affect whether or not women menstruate regularly -- or at all. (It tends to affect whether or not women ovulate.) Being underweight also tends to affect the rate of sexual maturation for girls and young women. It will still happen, but sometimes it just takes a bit longer. You might want to check with a doctor about it just to be on the safe side.

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Rachel
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I went to the doctor today and i am going to be having tests done. I am just wondering but what types of stuff could be wrong that can affect me from having my period??????
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i'll go thru as many as i know off the top of my head, even the really far-fetched ones.

1. you have no ovaries, that's pretty simple.

2. you are a genetic XY male whose body cannot respond to testosterone, therefore you look like a girl but you have no girl parts inside you (don't laugh too hard, jamie lee curtis has this condition)

3. you are a late bloomer, nothing wrong with that

4. your hymen covers your vagina so completely that no menstrual flow can get through

5. blockage in your fallopian tubes

6. inability to make gonadotropin releasing hormone (which triggers the synthesis of other hormones)

7. defective ovaries

hmm, that's about it for me, let's hope you're just normal. you probably are, since a lot of these conditions are *really* rare.

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