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An easy-to-understand overview of this important stage in a young person's development.

Key points

  • Menstruation is experienced by people with female reproductive systems.
  • Most people who menstruate get their first menstrual period when they are about 12 or 13 years old.
  • Initiate the conversation if your child has not brought up the topic as they approach the preteen years.
  • If over-the-counter medicines do not relieve pain, talk to your child's doctor.
  • When your child starts to menstruate, they become physically capable of getting pregnant.
Last updated: October 30th 2019