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Is It Possible To Get My First Period Before Growing Underarm Hair?

Published: 05 April 2009
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Is it possible to get my first period before i grow underarm hair?
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Dear Is It Possible To Get My First Period Before Growing Underarm Hair?,

 

It is possible to get your first period before growing underarm hair. There is a general age range where girls tend to begin to go through puberty, and there is also a general progression of bodily changes that tends to take place. But that does not mean that it is the same for all girls – when they start going through puberty, when menarche begins, when underarm hair begins to grow, and how quickly the entire process of puberty takes place. Remember that everyone goes through puberty – but not necessarily at the same time or exactly in the same way.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, FX recommends that you speak with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or an adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment. You can also contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood, or call your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

 

For a general guideline as to what is involved in puberty for girls, read the following:

 

  • Puberty for girls can start anywhere from 8-13 years of age. The first sign of puberty in girls tends to be breast development. This begins with breast budding – the formation of small lumps or nodules under one or both nipples. These lumps can be tender and different sizes at fist. A growth spurt tends to begin in these first stages of puberty.
  • The next step is that pubic hair will begin to develop. This generally occurs about 6 months after the breasts begin to develop, but for some it is the first sign of puberty. Then hair may begin to develop under your arms or on your legs – but this often occurs towards then end of puberty.
  • Your skin may start to be oilier and you may sweat more. Therefore, this may be a time of breakouts on your skin or the development of mild, moderate, or severe acne.
  • As you progress through puberty, your hips will get wider and your waist may get smaller. Your body may also begin to build up fat in your belly, bottom and legs.
  • Over the next few years, breast size will continue to increase and there will be a gradual increase in the development of pubic hair and the external genitalia – which leads to the first period or menarche. Menarche usually occurs about two years after puberty begins and goes along with a peak in height. Most girls tend to get their first period between the ages of 10 and 16. There may be cramps or more of a vaginal discharge in the weeks prior to the period.  
  • As girls sexually mature, their vaginas start lubricating when they are aroused. They may also start having erotic dreams. All of this is perfectly healthy and completely normal.
  • Development continues and the whole process in completed in approximately 3-4 years, eventually reaching adult breast and areola size and an adult pattern of pubic hair. A child generally will have also reached her final adult height about 2 years after menarche.
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