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dd14 still no periods?

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craggyhollow Wed 22-Jan-14 10:09:25

I started at 13

She's now 14 and no sign - breasts growing a bit although no need for a bra, spotty, very occasionally moody


Abra1d Wed 22-Jan-14 10:11:03

My daughter didn't start hers until she was 15 and three months.

It seems that there were quite a few late starters on my husband's side of the family.

wol1968 Wed 22-Jan-14 14:40:53

Periods can start any time between 9 and 17 years of age, with the average being about 12-13 in Western countries. My SIL didn't start till she was 14, largely due (they think) to an extremely active lifestyle (she used to be a dancer). Thinner girls often start later, due to lower levels of hormones. I don't think there's anything to worry about but if she hasn't started by 16 a check with the GP may be advisable to rule out any hormone imbalance. It sounds like your DD may be very nearly there, with the spots, breast development etc. I give it six months to a year at most.

CuttedUpPear Wed 22-Jan-14 14:41:53

I started at 15 (last in my class)
I was quite skinny with zero boobage.

Rosencrantz Wed 22-Jan-14 18:12:42

Under 16 is fine. If she's not started by then, trip to the GP. DD sounds perfectly normal.

Claybury Wed 22-Jan-14 18:44:01

I had same thoughts for my DD and my gynaecologist said provided there are some signs of puberty it's usually ok.
I also learnt that you start menstruating when you are nearly fully grown so taller girls start later, as they have to do their growing first IYSWIM
Is your DD (getting )tallish ?

winkywinkola Wed 22-Jan-14 18:56:41

I was 17. Tall and skinny. I was worried sick about it but 2 days after my 17th birthday, it arrived.

I wouldn't worry until she's 17 and be happy she still has the freedom from the ghastly monthly mess.

BackforGood Wed 22-Jan-14 19:11:53

Yes, very normal.
dd had a couple while she was 14, but still (at 15 and 1/2) not had a lot.
I'd be delighted, tbh. I feel sorry for the poor little girls who start in Junior school.

craggyhollow Wed 22-Jan-14 20:30:36

Thanks all. She's tall and very sporty so it all makes sense.

Shakey1500 Wed 22-Jan-14 20:34:02

I was 17. 5ft1 and slender. Couldn't wait for them to start and now I can't wait for them to end grin

GRW Wed 22-Jan-14 21:39:51

I started mine at just turned 11, and my DD didn't start until 14 and six months.

rach2713 Wed 22-Jan-14 22:26:36

I started mine when I was 14 I had to go to hospital abd get a few tests done as I have had asthma since I was born and been on a lot of steroids for it cuz it was so bad and got told my body was actually 2 years behind but would catch up in time I'm very skinny aswell

lljkk Thu 23-Jan-14 09:39:50

There are health benefits of starting later, don't worry.

craggyhollow Thu 23-Jan-14 10:16:57

really? what benefits

she's in no hurry she's in complete denial about the whole thing

flowerpowergirl Thu 23-Jan-14 10:44:22

Completely normal. I started the day before my 17th birthday. Don't worry - rejoice in her luck I putting it off !

craggyhollow Thu 23-Jan-14 10:49:17


thank you

winkywinkola Thu 23-Jan-14 11:20:38

Aren't there health benefits to having fewer periods over a lifetime? I though that was why the pill reduced the risk of some cancers because there are fewer of those hormones each month?

Have I got wrong end of stick?

Anyway just having fewer periods period is a blessing!

OhSoVintage Thu 23-Jan-14 11:26:42

My DD is 14 1/2 and still not started.
She has become very hormonal and the hormonal moods seem to be in a cycle, she's also started developing so I'm not worried I think it will be soon (Ive been saying that for the last year smile )

She is very skinny so I think that might be a factor.

Enb76 Thu 23-Jan-14 11:32:38

I didn't start til I was 15, was tall, skinny and athletic. Everyone else had started.

lljkk Thu 23-Jan-14 12:18:12

Not an expert, but as well as I can understand:
Fewer periods in life or later menarche means reduced risk of cancers. Every time you ovulate the egg bursts out of the ovary causes physical damage; the other hormonal changes accumulate to cause micro-cellular damage that increases cancer risks in breast tissue, too (maybe also in the cervix??).

Studies done on hunter-gatherer societies indicate that biologically, if we were pregnant 5-8 times, each time breastfeeding to 2-4 yrs and on a diet which looks calorie limited by modern standards, we'd probably only have about 100 periods in a lifetime, compared to 300-400 as is typical for modern westerners.

The younger you are when you get a break from periods (younger have a child), this also reduces those breast-ovarian risks.

Ovarian link here.

Breast link here.

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