The time of a woman's first period can't hardly be predicted. However, the specific age you were when you had yours says a lot about your health.
The most common age for a girl to get her first period is usually about 13. According to multiple studies, girls who get their period earlier than this may be at risk of certain health disorders.
1. Heart health
A study carried out in 2015 concluded that these 'early bloomers' were about 27 percent more likely to get a heart disease and 16 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.
2. Early menopause
In 2017, a study analyzed data from up to 50,000 women. It was discovered that there was a link between an early period (before the age of 12) and early menopause.
Most women enter menopause at age of 50, but for those whose first period came too early, they may start showing menopausal symptoms between age 40 and 44.
3. Reproductive issues
Usually, there's nothing wrong with any girl who has her period later than her peers. However, in some women, this could be a sign of fertility and reproductive issues.
For instance, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and underactive thyroids can result in a delayed period. It is important to keep in mind, however, that these conditions often come with other symptoms. So, getting your first period late is not an automatic sign of trouble.
4. Breast cancer
If you get your first period earlier than average, you may want to pay extra attention to your breast health.
In a 2017 study carried out by researchers in Oxford, a strong link between breast cancer and an early period was discovered.
Scientists have also found a link between getting your first period early and getting Type 2 diabetes down the line.
In a study published in 2016, more than 27,000 women were observed and it was concluded that those who got their period early may also be at risk of developing gestational diabetes as well.
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