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Do girls get PMS months before having a period?
adw7677 posted:
My daughter will be 10 next month. She seems to be having PMS-like mood swings. She flies off the handle, then cries. Then she's okay until someone talks to her, and she starts screaming again. This is how I get during PMS. She hasn't had a period yet. This is the second time she's had this bout of mood swings. Last time it lasted for 2 days, but I don't remember exactly when it happened - could have been a month ago, but I'm not sure. Is this PMS? And, if so, how many months do girls typically have PMS before their period finally starts?

Thanks for your responses.
momuv4girls responded:
This does sound like premenstrual stuff is going on. As far as how long these mood swings will go on until the onset of her first period really depends.
Here is a post that has some helpful information:

Have you purchased any books for her to read about her body and the changes its going through? I would highly suggest this one, if you haven't:

Hope some of this helps! Take care,
Boyzmomee responded:
I think it is premenstrual as well. Girls are having their periods earlier and earlier.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to momuv4girls's response:
Thanks for this info Kathleen - The link to the above post will not open correctly, try this one for that great discussion -

In addition, this article, Why Am I in Such a Bad Mood? , from our Teen Girls' Health Center may be helpful.

Let us know what you think,
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to Boyzmomee's response:
Yes, periods and puberty symptoms for girls and boys -

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