Melanie asks :

Hey Lucy,

I don't know what to do. My period hasn't come yet. All my friends have started. I have had discharge for over a year. I have thick hair (down there) and I have a lot of mood swings. It's weird. Is this normal?? I just have to know, from Melanie

Our Reply

Hi Melanie,

Periods can start at any age from before your begin your teens to well into them, as late as 16. It sounds like your body is going through all of the other normal changes you would expect at your age- mood swings, discharge and pubic hair, so it seems that your period is the last thing to arrive. But it is normal for this to come after everything else.  

There is nothing to worry about here. You might be thankful when it does arrive that you had to wait. Right now you don’t have to deal with tampons vs sanitary towels, period cramps, sickness and all of the other possible symptoms of menstruating.

Try to enjoy the time you have before all of that side of your life begins. It can be more hassle than its worth. The more you worry and fixate on it the longer it will seem until it does arrive, so try to put it at the back of your mind and in the meantime perhaps make sure you are healthy. Getting plenty of exercise and healthy food will ensure that your body is in the best possible condition for it to arrive.  


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