Is it normal for a 9-year-old to get her period? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 21 Old 01-25-2012, 04:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
lesleybrooks852's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hi everyone,

 

I have an 18-year-old daughter, a 13-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old daughter. My 18-year-old got her period when she was 14, my 13-year-old got her period last year and my 9-year-old just got her period yesterday. Funny how the age to get a period is decreasing so quickly! Anyways, she was at school and I got a call from the nurse saying she had gotten her period. I was pretty shocked, but I stayed cool for the sake of my daughter. I was wondering if this is normal because when I was growing up, the "average" age was 15. 

 

Thanks,

 

Lesley redface.gif

lesleybrooks852 is offline  
#2 of 21 Old 01-25-2012, 04:29 PM
 
fruitfulmomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Between the Rockies and a Flat Place
Posts: 4,214
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)

According to this article http://www.everydayhealth.com/sexual-health/a-parents-foolproof-guide-to-having-the-sex-talk.aspx?xid=aol_eh-sex_1_20120123_&aolcat=HLT&icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl25|sec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D130223 the current average is 12-13 but anywhere from 9 to 16 is considered within the normal range.

 

We haven't gotten there yet, but I am pretty sure some other moms on here have some girls that have started young. Hopefully they can reassure you.


fruitfulmomma is online now  
#3 of 21 Old 01-25-2012, 06:24 PM
 
whatsnextmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,929
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by lesleybrooks852 View Post

Hi everyone,

 

I have an 18-year-old daughter, a 13-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old daughter. My 18-year-old got her period when she was 14, my 13-year-old got her period last year and my 9-year-old just got her period yesterday. Funny how the age to get a period is decreasing so quickly! Anyways, she was at school and I got a call from the nurse saying she had gotten her period. I was pretty shocked, but I stayed cool for the sake of my daughter. I was wondering if this is normal because when I was growing up, the "average" age was 15. 

 

Thanks,

 

Lesley redface.gif


It's not really changing that quickly. I'm not sure what our age difference is but I'm 40 and when I was a kid, the average age was 12 which is actually still the average now. 9 is young but it's not outside of the normal range. There are a lot of factors including genetics, diet and weight.

 


Married mom of two, DD 17 and DS 13.
whatsnextmom is online now  
#4 of 21 Old 01-26-2012, 06:58 AM
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,933
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

 

I have a friend who is in her 40's and she started when she was 9 y.o. I know 14 or 15 y.o. is within the normal range, but it does seem late to me, and I'm in my 40's. When I was in middle school, most of my friends started at about 12 or so, as did I. 

 

ollyoxenfree is offline  
#5 of 21 Old 01-26-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Imakcerka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 4,065
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)

WOW!  I've never met anyone who started that young.  While it's technically in the average... I don't know if "I" could handle my DD1 starting at 9.  I think I would cry!

Imakcerka is offline  
#6 of 21 Old 01-27-2012, 10:06 AM
AAK
 
AAK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eastern Washington
Posts: 3,049
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)

Since your other dds didn't start until their teens, I am shocked that your third dd started already.  (assuming they are from the same biological parents).  Is it weird that I would just check with her dr to make sure nothing was wrong.  Has other development occured (breasts, hair, odor?)

 

Amy


Mom to three very active girls Anna (14), Kayla (11), Maya (8). 
AAK is offline  
#7 of 21 Old 01-27-2012, 10:39 AM
 
greenmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: On the commune
Posts: 409
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

my mom 68 started when she was 9.  I, 41 didn't start till 15 but was considered late due to my very low body fat at the time.  My dd started at 10 which seemed early to me but I learned was not.  BGH has also made girls begin menstruating early but we are vegetarian and eat almost exclusively organic dairy so should not be a factor for us.  dd  didn't think it was any big deal and absolutely did NOT want a menarche celebration.  Hope your 9yo roles with it as easy as mine did.

greenmama is offline  
#8 of 21 Old 01-27-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I didn't start until 13 myself, but I was a camp counselor in college and a 9 yo camper started her period while she was in my cabin. She wasn't "developed" a lot but she was, let's say, of a rounder body type.

erigeron is offline  
#9 of 21 Old 01-28-2012, 03:08 AM
 
Jennyanydots's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

DD1 started at 9.  I have always thought it had to do with the corticosteroids she takes for asthma stimulating adrenal function and bringing on puberty early.  My mom thinks it's just heredity because she herself started at 10.  DD2 started at 12, as did I...


chicken3.gif mama to two teens and two tots partners.gif madly in love with DP guitar.gif

Jennyanydots is offline  
#10 of 21 Old 01-28-2012, 07:58 AM
 
velochic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Dreaming of the Bavarian Alps
Posts: 8,413
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


Quote:
Originally Posted by greenmama View Post

my mom 68 started when she was 9.  I, 41 didn't start till 15 but was considered late due to my very low body fat at the time.  My dd started at 10 which seemed early to me but I learned was not.  BGH has also made girls begin menstruating early but we are vegetarian and eat almost exclusively organic dairy so should not be a factor for us.  dd  didn't think it was any big deal and absolutely did NOT want a menarche celebration.  Hope your 9yo roles with it as easy as mine did.



BGH does not make girls menstruate earlier.  This is a misconception that will make a great "Old Wive's Tale" 100 years from now.  Please do your research.  It's genetics and weight that are the primary factors of when a girl has her first period.  Overweight girls tend to start earlier and they generally follow the patterns of females in their families - those are the only *proven* factors.  I mean obviously, your mother, back in the 1950's was not consuming dairy with rBGH.  Let me say, we avoid rBGH ourselves, but not because it's going to cause precocious puberty.  There is no researched evidence that it causes precocious puberty. I think it's good to not confuse opinion with fact about things like this.

I think 9 is early, but within norms, but there is no harm in having her checked out by her pediatrician.

Youngfrankenstein and RStelle like this.
velochic is offline  
#11 of 21 Old 01-28-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Imakcerka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 4,065
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)


I'm not really sure if that's true.  Maybe a wise tale.  Everything I've read about the ages of menarche point to a decline in age from the 1800's to the mid 1900's and possibly the changes were due to healthier lifestyles.  If they were declining in the 1800's... did they really have access to meat products stuffed with growth hormones?

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by greenmama View Post

my mom 68 started when she was 9.  I, 41 didn't start till 15 but was considered late due to my very low body fat at the time.  My dd started at 10 which seemed early to me but I learned was not.  BGH has also made girls begin menstruating early but we are vegetarian and eat almost exclusively organic dairy so should not be a factor for us.  dd  didn't think it was any big deal and absolutely did NOT want a menarche celebration.  Hope your 9yo roles with it as easy as mine did.



 

Imakcerka is offline  
#12 of 21 Old 01-29-2012, 12:01 PM
 
TiredX2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: it appears to be a handbasket
Posts: 20,500
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

When you report "normal" it generally either refers to the middle 75% (so 12.5% outside on each side) or the middle 90% (so 5% on either side).  Other standards are used (1.5% on each side, 2.5% on each side, 15% on each side, etc...) but those are fairly common.

 

According to Wikipedia:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menarche#Onset

Quote:

Less than 10% of U.S. girls start to menstruate before 11 years of age, and 90% of all US girls are menstruating by 13.75 years of age, with a median age of 12.43 years. This age at menarche is not much different (0.34 years earlier) than that reported for U.S. girls in 1973.

 

I think what I have read is that under 9 is considered *abnormal* (as in, children who begin to menstruate before they turn 9 should seek medical advice) and over 14 is also considered *abnormal* (so, if your child is not menstruating by the age of 15 should also seek medical advice).  9 is early, but is not necesarily an indication of medical issues.

 

 


 

 

TiredX2 is offline  
#13 of 21 Old 01-29-2012, 02:56 PM
 
dealic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,104
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My mom was 10. smile.gif

dealic is offline  
#14 of 21 Old 01-31-2012, 04:47 PM
 
pianojazzgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4,335
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My mom (now 72) started when she was 9.

 

I had one friend start when she was 9 and several friends start at 10.

 

I was 13.


Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010

pianojazzgirl is offline  
#15 of 21 Old 01-31-2012, 07:31 PM
 
sharon71's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 376
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I am 40 and i started at the age of 10,my mom started at age 13. i have 2 teen daughters my oldest started at age 13 and my 2nd at the age of 14. i still have one daughter left so we'll see how it goes with her.


Sharon wife to my hero James and  momma to Kaitlyn 17, Tayler 15 and Anna 7.fur momma to Kami  pit/boxer mix.

sharon71 is offline  
#16 of 21 Old 02-02-2012, 02:42 AM
 
FarmerBeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northeastern Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 808
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My own grandmother, who would be 96 today if she was living, menstruated at 9 yo, and was slim.  My SIL was 9, I was 10, so my daughter menstruating at 10 is normal for my family.  I think there has always been variance, but that people in the old days discussed first menarche less.  The somewhat decreased age is probably due to girls having a little more fat than what was common in past generations, as a girl will not generally menstruate if she has inadequate body fat (I had very off and on periods as a young athlete due to precisely this reason).


Busy keeping up with three children and an awful lot of chickens!

FarmerBeth is offline  
#17 of 21 Old 02-02-2012, 07:00 AM
 
MamaInTheDesert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 319
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I was 11 when I got mine. It was during the summer, and I told my best friend at camp, and she said "all her friends got theirs last year." So, I think it's well within the range of normal.


SAHMhippie.gif married to DH treehugger.gif since 09/11. Mama to DD (01/08)dust.gifand DS (06/12) babyboy.gif

MamaInTheDesert is offline  
#18 of 21 Old 02-02-2012, 01:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
lesleybrooks852's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Okay, thanks for all of your replies! Something I want to clarify is my 9 year old is 57 lbs, something that might help some of you out! She is getting used to it, but hasn't told any of her friends because she is still quite self-conscious about it.

lesleybrooks852 is offline  
#19 of 21 Old 02-13-2012, 07:45 AM
 
ChristaN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3,234
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)



 

Quote:
Originally Posted by lesleybrooks852 View Post

Okay, thanks for all of your replies! Something I want to clarify is my 9 year old is 57 lbs, something that might help some of you out! She is getting used to it, but hasn't told any of her friends because she is still quite self-conscious about it.


That actually would give me more cause for a check in with the pediatrician.  57 lbs is awfully small for a child who is getting her period.  Girls are usually closer to 100 lbs by the time they start although height would certainly play into it as well as a short girl might never reach 100 lbs and would have the requisite fat percentage to menstruate at a lower weight.  The other thing to consider is that, if her weight is that low, she's probably not super tall either or she'd be a twig.  Bone growth does slow substantially after menses start and girls who start very early may wind up rather short as a result.  Although 9 is within the range of "normal," the fact that is is so much earlier than other family members and that she is still so small would be cause for me to at least check in with her pediatrician if it were my kid. 

ChristaN is offline  
#20 of 21 Old 02-15-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Heavenly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 4,923
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I agree, please take her to the doctor.  Yes, it may be normal for some 9 year olds but I don't know that it is normal for a 57 lbs 9 year old whose siblings started between 12-14 years old. 


Shawna, married to Michael, mommy to Elijah 1/18/01, Olivia 11/9/02, and Eliana 1/22/06
Heavenly is offline  
#21 of 21 Old 02-29-2012, 09:27 AM
 
muldey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: RI
Posts: 1,141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I started right before my 10th birthday,and dd started when she was 10,she's almost 14 now.She's thin(around 100lbs and 5ft 4in),so at 10 she was probably around 70 pounds or so(I was a big girl,probably over 100 pounds at 10).She had a major growth spurt right after.She had underarm odor around 7 years old,and she's still an a cup in bras,since about 10 years old.She had pubic hair at around 9 years old.So it seems to be in the range of normal,but you could ask her dr just to be sure.Dd's said it was perfectly normal for her to start at 10.


Student mama to one awesome,talented and unique dd,15 and one amazing, sweet and strong ds,12(born with heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot,also on the autism spectrum),9 cats,and 2 gerbils.
muldey is offline  
Reply

Tags
Pre Teens

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off