Another study suggested that for each year menstruation was delayed, the age when a girl got married increased by nine months, according to researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York.
Menstruating at an earlier age is also linked to having an increased risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), research suggests.
The earlier a girl gets her first period, the younger she will have her first sexual experience, get pregnant and marry.
Over half of girls (55 percent) who had periods before the age of 14 – when most girls have hit puberty – had sex before the age of 16, a study reveals.
Police arrested Mowry on charges of sexual assault and sexual battery on a victim under 12 years of age.
Authorities later announced an additional 14 sex assault-related charges, according to WTSP.
Mowry became pregnant as a result of the sex assaults and gave birth in October of 2014, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.