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To not know how old I was when I got my first period?

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Talismania Wed 13-May-15 23:39:30

I have a new GP and I was asked this at my first appointment. I remember what house I lived in at the time so could say it was sometime between the ages of 10 and 15, but beyond that I have no idea. GP was surprised. Is this something most women remember?

Costacoffeeplease Wed 13-May-15 23:41:13

I know I had just turned 10 a couple of months previously, so yes, January 1976

GlitterTwinkleToes Wed 13-May-15 23:42:16

Yes I remember the exact date of mine (it was bonfire night so easy to remember) and the fact I was so horrified that it had happened

HeartShapedBox Wed 13-May-15 23:43:04

I remember mine, mind you the circs were pretty memorable so don't know if others remember theirs so clearly.

QueenB14 Wed 13-May-15 23:44:11

I don't remember when in the year but I was 13 and had just nipped to the loo in school on the way to a Geography lesson

Sometimes I remember the weirdest stuff and sometimes I haven't a clue!

BackforGood Wed 13-May-15 23:50:14

No - I mean, I could narrow it down to between 12 and 16, but I couldn't beyond that.
No-one has ever asked me this either though - why did they want to know ? [confusd]

TamzinGrey Wed 13-May-15 23:57:02

I can remember the shock of it and having to pluck up courage to tell my mother (how sad was that). I know that I was the first among my friends, but I couldn't say exactly how old I was.

Akire Wed 13-May-15 23:58:22

Yes definelty remember all the details, probable because from the first have always been a nightmare!

Fluffyears Thu 14-May-15 00:00:00

2nd year I was 13. I remember a strange 'running' sensation as I walked home from school then when I went to loo I realised I had started.

ToadsJustFellFromTheSky Thu 14-May-15 00:00:06

Is there a resson why your GP was asking this? I can't imagine why they'd want to know confused

I was 10 when I started mine. I remember it was a shock because I was a short scrawny thing and had no other signs of puberty.

Fizzyplonk Thu 14-May-15 00:06:20

You we're prob typical then.
Most girls in my school were early 13.
I was nearly 14 but still just 13 : )
I had been waiting as Mum and sis had been slightly earlier than typical at 11.

HopOnTheMonnerBus Thu 14-May-15 00:25:57

August 8th 1993.

I only remember because it was my brother's birthday and we were heading out for a family meal. I was 13.

ByTheWishingWell Thu 14-May-15 00:29:12

I have never been asked by a Dr, don't know why they would! But no idea really. Sometime between 10 and 15 sounds about right.

MrsGentlyBenevolent Thu 14-May-15 00:33:52

Strange Queen, mine started aged 13 in the middle of Geography lesson! I just remember having a horrible cramp and not knowing wtf had just happened.

CookPassBabtrigde Thu 14-May-15 00:37:09

I remember because I was getting on for 16 and everyone else in my class had started (I went to an all girls school and it was common knowledge who had started for some reason)
When it happened i was at home and just remember thinking 'oh ffs!' I didnt want it to happen!
Word got out fairly quick at school it was like being initiated grin
Never been asked about it by a gp though, why did they ask?

SycamoreMum Thu 14-May-15 00:41:41

Never been asked by a GP, but I do remember I started at 9 years old. Which wasn't shocking seeing as I'd got my first training bra for my 8th birthday. I remember being excited because I was the first in my year to get it. Now I want the bastard to go away (well not really I've apparently started peri menopause (?) and am now slightly scared it'll go sooner rather than later.)


SilverBirch2015 Thu 14-May-15 00:45:05

I'm with you, can't remember with any certainty 13/14 probably. Mind you I have a terrible chronological memory, I had quite any early menopause and I'm not sure to within 4 years about that either and that was only 10 years or so ago!

Littlefluffyclouds81 Thu 14-May-15 00:49:16

I was 13.5 and on holiday without my parents. I walked to the village shop and bought a massive pack of Simplicity pads with all the money that I had for sweets sad I was dead excited about telling my mum but when she came to pick me up she was in a foul mood and shouted at me for something, so I didn't want to tell her, and ended up keeping it a secret for over 6 months until she found some knickers with blood on them in my room.

goodasitgets Thu 14-May-15 01:54:07

I only remember because I can recall which school I was at which narrows it down a fair bit. Would have been 9, but then a long gap before they started properly at 10

TellingTheBees Thu 14-May-15 02:55:21

I was 12 or 13. I think it was 12 but I can't be sure. My memory is rubbish.

Talismania Thu 14-May-15 03:04:46

So it's weird the GP asked? Interesting. I had assumed it was a general intake question but now I wonder why! (Haven't been asked before but also not seen a new GP for a long time)

WizardOfToss Thu 14-May-15 04:31:19

I'm with you. Can't remember. 12, 13, 14? And no idea what the medical significance of it might be either!

googoodolly Thu 14-May-15 04:47:04

I remember - the first day of year 8 at school, so September 2001. I was twelve.

lambsie Thu 14-May-15 05:43:09

December 1981, age11, just before a pe lesson, got me out of having to have a shower afterwards.

flora717 Thu 14-May-15 05:45:31

I remember so much about the circumstances, but not about how old I was! (I was at secondary, I'd worn bras for 3 - 4 years I think, so 12-13).

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