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'My Daughter Got Her First Period at Age 7': Why Girls Are Hitting Puberty Early

Doctors say it could be due to a host of lifestyle issues, including excessive consumption of processed food.

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In January 2023, when seven-year-old Maya got her period for the first time, her parents rushed her to the hospital.

"It did not even strike us that it could be her period. We thought she was bleeding due to some health issue. But panicking about it, we ended up really scaring her. At seven, I am not sure my daughter understands what is happening to her body," says Maya's mother, who lives in Faridabad.

In Bengaluru, Juhi's parents had similar concerns, when she started menstruating barely a week after her eighth birthday in November 2022.

"We were somewhat prepared because but had not had the conversation with her until she got the period. It is unsettling because I got my first period when I was 12, and I remembered a myriad of emotions I went through. Not sure how my eight-year-old will handle," Juhi's mother Krishna tells FIT.
Doctors say it could be due to a host of lifestyle issues, including excessive consumption of processed food.

Maya and Juhi are far from being exceptions. Endocrinologists and gynaecologists in India have been for some time now witnessing a trend of girls hitting puberty earlier than before. However, this has been pronounced since 2016, and may be more so after the pandemic, say experts.

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