Hi! I am 15 and I haven't gotten my period yet. My mom got hers when she was 13. All my friends have gotten theirs already, so I feel out of the loop almost. I am a gymnast, which could be a factor, and I weigh around 107. Is this normal?
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If you are a gymnast, chances are you have a low percentage of body fat. You need a certain body fat % to start and maintain your menstrual cycle. I'm guessing you probably don't have the needed %, which would be a very good reason why you haven't gotten your period yet.
You can wait patiently until you are 16 to get you period (have you started developing breasts and pubic hair yet? If so, you are OK; if not, you will want to follow the advice I give next). By then, if you still don't have it, you will want to consult your doctor.
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There are no "for certain" things that will happen to herald your first period, although most women do experience some signs, which can include, in the months leading up to first menses, growth spurts, an increase in vaginal discharge (it should be white or clear and smooth in texture). Immediately before your first period (or any other period) you might get cramps, feel bloated, or your skin could break out. However, these things may not happen, or not happen noticably (I know that I did not experience any cramps during my first period). Also, while some women will have a growth spurt in which they seem to grow a foot taller and develop breasts overnight, in others the change is much more gradual. Some women are naturally shorter and built smaller than most, in which case it might not be as noticable.
As JamsessionVT said, if you haven't experienced ANY signs of puberty at all-- no breast development, no pubic hair growth, etc, then see your doctor. However, there aren't any incredibly specific signs that your period is on its way.
Well, some women experience pain or cramping a week or so before their periods are due. Other than that, you will notice a sort of bloody discharge in your underwear. It is a good idea to have a few sanitary pads/napkins with you in case your period catches you off guard, which it most likely will.
You won't know when you are going to get your first period. It will just sort of show up. Again, you can wait patiently until you are 16 or so. If by then you have not seen any signs of it, you can see your doctor.
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