Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

At what age do girls typically get their first period?

The age at which girls get their first period varies quite a bit. Some can be as young as 9, and some can be as late as 15 or 16.

Sometimes a girl's first period will come around the time that her mother got her first period. So it can be helpful for her mother to share her experience with her daughter. That can give her some idea of what to expect for what age she might get her first period. Sometimes it's completely different.

Most girls get their period between ages 12 and 14, but it can happen years earlier or later, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Some girls get their first period as young as 9 or as old as 15 or 16, Premier Physician Network (PPN) providers say.

For most girls, their period starts about two years after they first start to grow breasts, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

For more information about when girls typically get their first period, talk to your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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