At What Age Do Women Begin to Menstruate?

Teenage Girl

Teenage Girl

Getting your period for the first time is a huge milestone for every young girl. It’s exciting and a little scary all at the same time, and you’re wondering if you got yours earlier or later than normal, or right on time.

The National Survey of Family Growth (part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) surveyed women ages 15-44 years old, both in 2002 and from 2006-2010. The mean time of first menstruation has decreased slightly from 12.6 years in 2002 to 12.5 years in 2006-2010. No doubt this will continue to decrease, as many are noting that puberty in girls is occurring earlier than ever before.

Period Sex: Who’s Doing It?

Splattergore

Splattergore

“The Cut” published an article yesterday on period sex. While the overall excellent article was long on anecdotes, it lacked what I love: hard stats!

How many women are having period sex? It’s the thing we dread will ruin our steady dates and hot hookups, but some women have figured out that it doesn’t have to be that way.

In 2011, menstrual cup company Softcup released a survey that uncovered, among other things, how much a woman’s perdio affects her sex life. The survey found that 60% of all women are uncomfortable with period sex. It showed an age disparity: 70% of older women (ages 45-54) were uncomfortable, while only 51% of younger women (ages 18-34) were.

(I don’t know where women ages 35-44 disappeared to.)

It’s clear that the majority of women haven’t gotten into period sex. But based on the “NYMag” article, the men are having more fun than ever.