Am I Getting My Period?

Published: July 06, 2023
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi, I'm a 14-year-old girl and haven't gotten my period yet. should I be concerned? also, I have gotten clear/white/yellow discharge most days the past 6 months but yesterday I started to have light pink discharge along with period-like symptoms such as backache, acne, hot flashes, and mood swings. am I getting my period? is it something else?
Signed: Am I Getting My Period?

Dear Am I Getting My Period? ,

Teenhealth FX wants you to know that being concerned for your body and being aware of the changes is extremely important and it is great that you are aware. 

Puberty affects everyone differently. Puberty is a time in a teen's/ child's life where they experience physical and hormonal changes to their body so it can transition into adulthood. 

On average, girls start their period between 9 to 13-14 years old. Discharge is a common experience and typically starts within the first 6 months to a year before your first period. With the symptoms you are experiencing it does sound like you may be getting your first period, but Teenhealth FX does not know for sure. To get a more accurate answer and guidance for the next steps about your first period, we recommend you speak to your doctor, trusted adult or even an older female relative (sister, aunt, cousin).  

Any changes in odor or color of discharge should be brought up to a doctor, as well as, if you have not gotten your period after the age of 15-16.  

A pediatrician, primary care doctor, or gynecologist (a doctor who specializes in female health) are all good options. If you need help finding a doctor and live in Northern New Jersey, you can call the  Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist.

Signed: TeenHealthFX