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    I know this is a really awkward topic to discuss for some people (me included, as I'm posting this anonymously) but this is getting to a point where I'm genuinely concerned about my health.

    I'm 15 years old and I haven't started my period. ALL of my friends have - they're well on their way to "finishing" puberty. I, on the other hand, have barely even started.

    I don't know what the cause of it is. I did a short internet search before posting this and apparently things like stress can cause periods to be delayed, but all of my friends started pretty much when they were about 10 or 11. I'm nearly 16 and I haven't had ANY signs of anything starting.

    The only things I HAVE experienced are cramps and migraines. I get migraines usually once a month or less, but when I do get them they are extremely severe. I have to miss a few days of school because it gets so bad sometimes. The cramps are a random occurrence and my friends tell me that they usually only get cramps before and during their monthly "time."

    This is long and I doubt many people will be interested in helping, but I'm really worried that there's something wrong with me and I feel too awkward to discuss it with my mum or anyone else.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I know this is a really awkward topic to discuss for some people (me included, as I'm posting this anonymously) but this is getting to a point where I'm genuinely concerned about my health.

    I'm 15 years old and I haven't started my period. ALL of my friends have - they're well on their way to "finishing" puberty. I, on the other hand, have barely even started.

    I don't know what the cause of it is. I did a short internet search before posting this and apparently things like stress can cause periods to be delayed, but all of my friends started pretty much when they were about 10 or 11. I'm nearly 16 and I haven't had ANY signs of anything starting.

    The only things I HAVE experienced are cramps and migraines. I get migraines usually once a month or less, but when I do get them they are extremely severe. I have to miss a few days of school because it gets so bad sometimes. The cramps are a random occurrence and my friends tell me that they usually only get cramps before and during their monthly "time."

    This is long and I doubt many people will be interested in helping, but I'm really worried that there's something wrong with me and I feel too awkward to discuss it with my mum or anyone else.
    I'd suggest you go see a doctor (you can request female btw) to discuss the lack of periods and migranes etc. It's probably nothing and you're just later at hitting puberty, but there is a chance there's something up and if there is it will help to know sooner rather than later. They can help you manage the migranes and cramping too be it related or not.

    I would tell you some possibilities fir what could cause it or advise that you look into it more, but honestly there is no point. You'll just end up worrying yourself for no reason. Just see a doctor and take it from there.
    I was late hitting my periods and also had issues with irregularity and there's nothing wrong with my reproductive bits so I know for certian that it can just happen.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I know this is a really awkward topic to discuss for some people (me included, as I'm posting this anonymously) but this is getting to a point where I'm genuinely concerned about my health.

    I'm 15 years old and I haven't started my period. ALL of my friends have - they're well on their way to "finishing" puberty. I, on the other hand, have barely even started.

    I don't know what the cause of it is. I did a short internet search before posting this and apparently things like stress can cause periods to be delayed, but all of my friends started pretty much when they were about 10 or 11. I'm nearly 16 and I haven't had ANY signs of anything starting.

    The only things I HAVE experienced are cramps and migraines. I get migraines usually once a month or less, but when I do get them they are extremely severe. I have to miss a few days of school because it gets so bad sometimes. The cramps are a random occurrence and my friends tell me that they usually only get cramps before and during their monthly "time."

    This is long and I doubt many people will be interested in helping, but I'm really worried that there's something wrong with me and I feel too awkward to discuss it with my mum or anyone else.
    It's still okay not to have started yet! If you get to 16 and still haven't started, just get yourself an appointment with your GP to see what they suggest. About a year before I started, I started getting cramps and migraines and these followed on for a few years after I started as well. If you're worried about puberty and how you're developing, then your GP is a good person to go to. Some people are just late bloomers, and sometimes something is a cause of it
 
 
 
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