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View Poll Results: At what age did you start your period?
11 52 20.08%
12 60 23.17%
13 53 20.46%
14 34 13.13%
15 21 8.11%
16 7 2.70%
Later 2 0.77%
Earlier 30 11.58%
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#1 of 68 Old 08-22-2008, 09:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I was talking to a friend the other day about when we both started and I was shocked that she said she started at 11!!! I didn't start until 16, and I thought that was the 'norm' and was informed that it is in fact not normal. I just can't imagine me at 11 or 12 with a period. She suggested I do a poll, so here it is...

Bear with me, I've never done a poll and have NO CLUE what I am doing...
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I started at 12. I was born in 1980. I think 12 was pretty average for my generation. I had friends that started a year or two before me and a year or so after. My understanding as a kid was that if you didn't start by 16 sometimes it was questioned if everything was ok.

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Born 1979, started the day after my 12th birthday, on the 1st day of 7th grade.
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I started at 11. I'm not really sure it was "normal" because that was 1964 and the girls didn't really discuss whether or not they had started. Both of my dds started when they were 11 too.

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I started around 12 and a half, like the middle of 7th grade. I was born in 1983. Most of my friends started theirs around that age, as well.

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I was 10.

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10. My aunt started at 9. I don't really know anyone in my family who started over the age of 12.
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I was born in 1976 and I started my period when I was 11. I was in the sixth grade. My sister, born in 1980, started hers at 10. I believe 10-13 is the typical range.
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I was born in 1980 as well, so I'm about the same age as most of you...AngelBee, aren't you a dancer? I was too, pretty competitive, training like 35-40 hours a week, so maybe that has something to do with it? (I was 16, but almost 17 when I started, it was the fall just before my 17th b-day.) My friend told me that may have been the case with me...
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I was 12. It was early Spring, probably March and my birthday is in August.
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11. I was one of the awkward girls who started getting boobs in the 2nd grade. I was definitely the first among my friends.
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I was born in 1978 and started my period right after I turned 12. I was already a C cup (skinny though) at the time.

I had one other friend I went to school with who started at 12 too. She was worried about getting pregnant because she was already sexually active. : I didnt think anything of it at the time.
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I started my cycle at 11. So did my sister, mother, and at least one grandmother, so I'm guessing there's a pretty strong genetic component there.
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At 14, as did my mom and sister. I thought I was a freak, though, since it seemed that all the girls I knew had gotten theirs when they were 12.
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I didn't say you weren't normal I said I didn't think it was common

... and I think it is because you were a competitive dancer too (really athletic girls seem to get their periods later generally).
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I was 8 ... yep 8 and it sucked big time.

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10 and boy did it suck.

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13, nearly 14.
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I started on my 12th birthday. :

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i started within a couple weeks of my 11th bday. im 21
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I remember it so clearly. I was 12 and three months.

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14 (I was born in 1985)

My mom was 12. Actually, to make her think I was more "grown up" I lied to her when I was 12 and told her I started my period then. In fact, we scheduled a vacation around my "period" that next summer.:

Yeah... I discovered a couple of years later it wasn't that great to be "grown up." hahaha

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I started my first cycle on the same day I had my last cycle 36 years later.

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I was born in 1987 and started mine when I was 11 on Halloween night. I had a wee bit of spotting a few months earlier but nothing until then.
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2 months before my 16th bday. But it wasnt red it was a very dark yellow the next month it went red.

 
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A couple weeks after I turned 14. I thought it would never start! I always felt like a huge freak that I hadn't had one yet. My sister was close to 15 and my mom was 16, so I was the "early" one of the bunch.

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12 years and 1 month old. Yes, I still remember the exact date.. what I was doing, where I was, everything..
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