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Should my daughter have started her periods by now??
My daughter was 11 in December. She started puberty very early, developing pubic hair just before her 8th birthday. She has breasts and full pubic hair and has just started having to shave her armpits (although only a small amount.)
I was 8 when I began growing breast buds and had full pubic hair by the time I was 10, so she's going pretty much in line with how I developed.
It just feels like she's been going through puberty so long now that she should have started her periods. I was 11 when I got my first period.
No don't worry. My DD started just 1 month before her 13th birthday. I started 1 month before my 14th. Everyone develops differently so you have nowt to be concerned about. My DD just has early breast development and armpit hair (so not bothered about it, doesn't shave) and pubes. I thought she might be a bit later, but never mind. She is old enough that she totally took in her stride. The older the better!
Thanks for all your replies. She doesn't want to start her period yet, so I'm pleased she hasn't. I suppose I just assumed that she would be an early starter due to early onset puberty, and then I got concerned that maybe there was a hormonal problem.
Good to know that there are others who had pubic hair etc long before starting. Hopefully my daughter will make it to secondary school and be at that stage where she actually wants to start, before she eventually does.
@Rainatnight but my daughter has near on fully developed breasts and full pubic hair and has done so since she was 9. She started developing at 7 years old, so this has been going on for over 4 years now