Due to extremely limited funding, this program is only available to residents and students in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

If you’re a tween or teen girl who hasn’t had her first period yet.. you may have questions, be nervous, or feel unprepared. Havasu Helping Girls has put together Period Starter Kits that will help you be prepared when the time comes! It’s a good idea to start carrying a kit around the age of 10. Most girls have their first period right around the age of 12, but every girl is different and it can happen sooner or later than that.

What is a period starter kit?

The small kit is discreet and convenient to carry in your backpack or purse, so you won’t have to worry about not having period supplies when you’re at school… and your kit will look like an ordinary cosmetics bag, so it will blend in with your everyday items. It contains enough period supplies to get you through your first day, whether you are at school, sports practice, dinner, or anywhere else. It also contains some information on how to use the items included and other helpful info to answer some questions you may have.

What comes inside a kit?

Kits can be customized! You can choose to include the following items or not: ultra-thin pads, tampons, feminine wipes, pair of backup underwear. Each kit includes a copy of our booklet My First Period  (or you can choose to download the digital copy).

how can i get a kit?

Students in Lake Havasu City should receive a Period Starter Kit during their 5th Grade puberty education class at their elementary school. 

If you did not attend this class, were in 5th grade prior to 2022, just moved to Havasu, etc… you can submit a request for a free kit by clicking on the button below.

Parents and guardians can order kits for their children.

how old do I need to be?

Currently, kits are handed out to students in the 5th grade (approx 10-11 years old). However, you can begin carrying a Period Starter Kit sooner than that if you wish. While the average age for a girl to have her first period is 12, some girls starter sooner or later. 

how do i know when my first period will come?

The average age range is between 10-16, with the median age of 12 years old. However, every girl is different and it depends on your body. There are some signs that you can look for that may give you a better idea on when you might start:

  • Breast development: this is typically the first sign that puberty is beginning. The medical term is called thelarche. Also called “breast budding,” you will notice slight swelling under the nipple. Your first period (menarche) typically comes about two-and-a-half years after breast buds appear.
  • Pubic hair: After breast buds appear, you will notice hair growing in the pubic area (and in the armpits). This can happen anywhere from a few weeks, up to eighteen months, after breast budding. At first, pubic hair will be sparse and grow mainly on the labia (vulvar ‘lips’). As time passes, the hair will become thicker, curlier, and will grow on the pubic mound (mons pubis) also.
  • Growth Spurt: right around the age of 12 (may be earlier or later), you will reach Peak Height Velocity (PHV). You will get taller by about 3.2 inches per year. Once you reach PHV, your first period is about 6 months away.
  • Vaginal Discharge: about 6-12 months before your first period, you may notice fluid in your underwear and your vagina may feel ‘wetter’ than before. The fluid will likely be thin and whitish. This is normal vaginal discharge (aka cervical mucus). As you get closer to your first period, you may notice changes in the amount of fluid and the consistency.

Send us an email at [email protected] and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.