You can take clues from your body. During puberty, when your body becomes mature, you'll have some of these signs that your first period is on its way. By the way, these changes may happen in a different order:
- Developing breasts – One sign of your first period on its way is that you'll get breast 'buds' (It can take three to four years for your breasts to then fully develop). Generally you will get your period about two years after your breasts start developing.
- Growing pubic hair – Another sign that your first period is on its way: just after your breasts start to form, you'll start developing pubic hair. It will be soft and thin at first, then gradually become coarser. Your period usually arrives around one to two years after this.
- Discharge – A third sign that your first period is on its way: You'll start to experience vaginal discharge that will be either white or yellowish.Your period should start within the next few months after the start of discharge.
Since you'll only have a general idea of when you'll get your period, you might want to do some planning.Learn about all the physical changes you undergo during puberty here at our blog.
Getting your period at school
- Prepare an ‘emergency kit’ of a pad and clean underwear in a discreet bag
- Keep a pad in your school bag
- Ask a friend, school nurse or teacher for help – most schools keep extra pads for times like these