At what age did your daughter's menses commence? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 12:02 AM - Thread Starter
 
yaM yaM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
:


Girlbear is seeming a bit close, I think. . but I'm not sure. She turned 12 in January.
yaM yaM is offline  
#2 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 12:20 AM
 
Lambsauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 218
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 11. My mom was 12.
Lambsauce is offline  
#3 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 01:02 AM - Thread Starter
 
yaM yaM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 13.5, myself. I wonder what is average.
yaM yaM is offline  
#4 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 01:09 AM
 
Marlet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Closer to home..
Posts: 8,986
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 14/15. It was near the end of ninth grade. My momstarted in 5th grade. I was underweight and she was very overweight. My heavier friends did start sooner than me period but the average age amongst us all was 6th grade. I want to say the average age of the American girl is 9. Mainly due to diet and lack of exercise and hromones in food...especially in dairy.

Give more**Expect Less
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.
Marlet is offline  
#5 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 01:12 AM
 
lunabelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Surrounded by Knotty Pine/ MA
Posts: 625
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I read that girls usually start to menstruate 2 years after their breasts begin to develop. Twelve is probably a good age to start carrying pads and stuff.

Trish: Mama to Buckaroo , Sweet P :, and Obo Difficult wife of Rick :
lunabelly is offline  
#6 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 01:14 AM
 
talk de jour's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 2,662
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by OtherMother'n'Madre View Post
I want to say the average age of the American girl is 9.
No way. The number I've read is 12.

Personally, I was 11.5.

babyf.gif

talk de jour is offline  
#7 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 01:15 AM
 
Marlet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Closer to home..
Posts: 8,986
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Let me find where I read it. My source definitely could be outdated. For now let's agree 9-12 depending on diet and heredity.

Give more**Expect Less
There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothing.
Marlet is offline  
#8 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 01:17 AM
 
talk de jour's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Posts: 2,662
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
talk de jour is offline  
#9 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 04:09 PM
 
nolonger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,814
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I made sure we had pads in the bathroom and that dd knew how to handle things by the time she was 9, but she didn't start until she was 12 1/2, the same age I did.

I had wanted to present her with a basket of pretty cloth in all different sizes and styles and a nice garnet bracelet and a special moon party, but she didn't tell me when her cycles started and handled things fine on her own, just like I did.

Unlike me, it was several years before she switched to tampons. Like me, she handled things fine on her own and I didn't even know she had switched until I reached for what I thought was a full box of tampons and found that it was empty.

At about 14 or 15, she became comfortable talking about menstruation and developed a great sense of humor about it. At 16, I bought her a Diva and she had a great time teasing her brother about the fact that he didn't get a present and they took several silly pictures of her posing with her present.

She was not the slightest bit embarassed to tell me that she had trouble removing the Diva without pain and after my suggestions didn't seem to help much, we both decided that it might be easier for her to give sponges a try and kind of giggled at ourselves at how grossed out we felt at the possibility of accidentally using each other's sponge, although I had grabbed her Diva once in an emergency and neither of us felt squeamish about that at all.

My Sis started her cycles when she was ten and was totally unprepared for it. She still looked and felt like a little girl and I don't think she was even aware of what menstruation was. It was very traumatic for her,.

Sis ate meat, I was lacto-ovo at 12, and dd is vegan.
nolonger is offline  
#10 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 04:15 PM
 
boobybunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,361
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My daughter was three months shy of her 8th birthday.

On an organic diet, but we did eat a lot of soy... now.. not so much soy. She has had two cycles.

Btw.. she is not overweight, I think the only place she has fat on her body is her breasts.
boobybunny is offline  
#11 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 06:22 PM
 
Suzukimom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My daughter was 13 to the day! Yes, she got hers on her birthday and it was a gift that she did not want.
I was 14.
Suzukimom is offline  
#12 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 07:18 PM
 
terrordactyl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: western slope of Colorado
Posts: 2,619
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i had just turned 11 my mom was like 13 or 14 i think

cold.gifme + headscratch.gif him and one littlecat.gifPaco the Taco hoping for one of these  makebabe.gifin the near future

 

 

terrordactyl is offline  
#13 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 07:39 PM
 
mommy2K&A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DD got hers the month after she turned 12, She has one cycle (first lasting like day LOL) then didn't have another peorid til August (Her first came in May) Now she is regular, a cycle every month.
mommy2K&A is offline  
#14 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 07:53 PM
 
mandib50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: my own reality
Posts: 4,860
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dd was 13.5 years old and i was pretty close to the same age.

Midwifery student , Mama to my 4 amazing kids. treehugger.gif

mandib50 is offline  
#15 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 08:03 PM
 
Mama Lori's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California
Posts: 1,283
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My sd was 10 I think. Maybe 9. I remember it was early.

For me, it was 12.
Mama Lori is offline  
#16 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 08:19 PM
 
TwinMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: hiding in the bathroom
Posts: 1,818
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
One twin was 11, the other was 12.

Homeschooling mom to four kids, ages 18, 18, 10, and 6. 

TwinMom is offline  
#17 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 08:50 PM
 
5in9years's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 109
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My mom was 10. I was 14. My sis was 13. My dd will be 12 in Sept, and I expect within the next few months. She doesn't have actual boobs yet, but has buds and is growing rather quickly at the moment. She has 2 friends who have started at ages 11 and 12.
5in9years is offline  
#18 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 10:16 PM
 
Monkeygrrl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
me - 12 maybe? i dunno...
my partner - 14 almost 15
dd 1 - 9
dd2 - 11
dd3 - 12
dd4 is 9 and shows no sign of starting...

peace...

Homeschooling Ama to boys (ages 10 and 6) and my SoldierGirl who is serving in the US Army, StepMom to three crazy teens. I'm married to the love of my life. 

 

Love is an action word. 

Words have power...use them wisely.

Who you are is just enough.

Molon Labe

Monkeygrrl is offline  
#19 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 10:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
yaM yaM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all of your replies.



TwinMom - wow, that's interesting that your twins started at different ages.


Monkeygrrl - what does ex-eper mean (from your siggie)?
yaM yaM is offline  
#20 of 72 Old 03-11-2007, 10:55 PM
 
doctorjen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 3,092
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nothing here yet for dd, just turned 12 last month.

I was 13 1/2, and was the last of all my friends, and I still thought it was too early. I was ready to stay a little girl forever!
doctorjen is offline  
#21 of 72 Old 03-12-2007, 01:13 PM
 
enkmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Illinois
Posts: 1,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My mom was 13, I was 13, and my daughter was 13. My daughter was the very last girl in her class to begin, and she was SO much later than everyone else that she was beginning to fear she was abnormal. She was in 8th grade, and everyone else was in 5th. Like other posters, I had kept things around the house for a long time before she started, and seeing how the other girls handled their periods at school helped her immensely. She transitioned easily.
enkmom is offline  
#22 of 72 Old 03-12-2007, 02:46 PM
 
aprilbaby06's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 104
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 12 and dd was 10. Although dd only had one period and it happened the day after her gradfather died. I think it might have been the trauma that brough it on. She didn't start agan for almost 5 months, when she was 11.
aprilbaby06 is offline  
#23 of 72 Old 03-12-2007, 03:16 PM
 
Monkeygrrl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Monkeygrrl - what does ex-eper mean (from your siggie)?
i exclusively pumped for the two boys i gave birth to instead of putting them to the breast...the first one until 10mo, the second until 8mo...

peace...

Homeschooling Ama to boys (ages 10 and 6) and my SoldierGirl who is serving in the US Army, StepMom to three crazy teens. I'm married to the love of my life. 

 

Love is an action word. 

Words have power...use them wisely.

Who you are is just enough.

Molon Labe

Monkeygrrl is offline  
#24 of 72 Old 03-12-2007, 04:09 PM
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,793
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My daughter was 11 years 7 months. I can't remember if I was 11 or 12.
BedHead is offline  
#25 of 72 Old 03-12-2007, 05:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
yaM yaM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monkeygrrl View Post
i exclusively pumped for the two boys i gave birth to instead of putting them to the breast...the first one until 10mo, the second until 8mo...

peace...


Ah. . gotcha. Thanks for answering my question. I hadn't known what that abbreviation was, before.
yaM yaM is offline  
#26 of 72 Old 03-13-2007, 02:52 AM
 
Monkeygrrl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by May May View Post
Ah. . gotcha. Thanks for answering my question. I hadn't known what that abbreviation was, before.
you are welcome...

peace...

Homeschooling Ama to boys (ages 10 and 6) and my SoldierGirl who is serving in the US Army, StepMom to three crazy teens. I'm married to the love of my life. 

 

Love is an action word. 

Words have power...use them wisely.

Who you are is just enough.

Molon Labe

Monkeygrrl is offline  
#27 of 72 Old 03-13-2007, 03:13 AM
 
doulamomvicki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: in a pile of dirty socks
Posts: 917
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dd was 12 years old. She was at a slumber party and called me to let me know. The next day we went out to lunch and got pedicures.
doulamomvicki is offline  
#28 of 72 Old 03-13-2007, 11:13 AM
 
Emma's_Mommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Where being a REALTOR dosn't pay,NY
Posts: 2,573
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i was 14 and the last one in my class.....it happened the day of my 8th grade graduation.....3 hours, no bathroom breaks and i felt sooooo ICKY!
Emma's_Mommy is offline  
#29 of 72 Old 03-13-2007, 04:48 PM
 
Isfahel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 128
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 15 and soooo thankful, I was homeschooled so it was no big deal. I was so disapointed when it happened though, I didn't want to deal with the hassle. I was also a very skinny, although very healthy, vegetarian child. That probably had something to do with it. I hope dd will be as lucky, the later the better I think.
Isfahel is offline  
#30 of 72 Old 03-13-2007, 04:56 PM
 
Maela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: California
Posts: 2,439
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was 11.5 yo. My mom was 14 yo I think. I think 13 is a good age to start, but it seems that girls are starting earlier and earlier now. I wonder when my daughter (I'm still pg) will start.

Wife to J. Mama to DD(3yo) & DS(1yo)
Maela is offline  
Reply

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