I have not seen my menstrual cycle yet

Dear Helpline,

I am thirteen and have not seen my menstrual cycle yet. All my friends have theirs already and I feel weird. Is something wrong with my body?

Dear Anonymous,

Hon, trust me when I say this. Nothing is wrong with your body. As cliché or exhausted as this may sound, you, my dear, are a work of art, that should not be troubled over this. The thing about the body, is, it has no regard for the way we feel and bestows its blessings (welcomed and unwelcomed ones too), when it pleases; when you are ready. Everyone is made differently. Some of us develop more quickly than others, some at what seems like a sluggish pace. Some people actually experience their first menstrual cycle when they are in their late teens, some later. Yes, you read correctly.

In most cases, these are normal individuals who just had a late start. For some, it’s more serious. You are only thirteen however, so you shouldn’t worry your pretty little head. I can tell you one thing, most girls and women don’t even like that thing called the menstrual cycle; it’s an unwanted guest. This is because it causes many of them to feel indisposed. You’ll manage when you get there, however. Hot tea and pills, (the right dose of course), are your best friends during that period.

You are fine my love and truthfully, the wait comes quicker than you expect. Till then, keep doing the things you love most. Enjoy your weekend sunshine!

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