->''"PMS isn't real Needy, it was invented by the boy-run media to make us seem like we're crazy."''
-->-- '''Jennifer''', ''Film/JennifersBody''

Ah, periods. No girl likes 'em. Ever. They can add up to [[http://www.sofyclub.com/my/en/index.html six years and nine months]] in a woman's lifetime. And they can be rather painful ''before'' the uterine walls even start shedding.

Note that women who get PMS don't necessarily get it every cycle. Also note that women having PMS do not necessarily experience ''all'' of these symptoms, and that they may not get the exact same symptoms every time.

If a fictional work decides to avert NoPeriodsPeriod, though, forget about the 25% who don't suffer any ill effects. The only effect of [=PMS=] will be irritability, and ''every'' woman ''will'' suffer from it.

Occasionally, a work will use a different effect of [=PMS=]. However, the only significance of these will be to ''make'' the character irritable. Bloating might show up so the character can complain about her clothes not fitting. You may see [[WackyCravings food]] [[GirlsLoveChocolate cravings]], too, even though they're often associated with pregnancy ó but the writers may be trying to [[MistakenForPregnant throw a curveball]]. Also, watch out for EmbarrassingDampSheets (and ruined, bloody clothes to be washed).

Real world PMS most often takes place in the week or so before menstruation starts (hence the "pre-" in premenstrual), generally peaking about 2 days before menstruation and fading soon after it starts. Despite this, PMS and periods are near-universally conflated in fictionland, to the point of being considered synonyms. (It is very possible for women to have PMS-like symptoms ''while'' menstruating, though.)

For the supernatural version, see MenstrualMenace. See also BadMoodAsAnExcuse and HatePlague.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Played to good effect in the ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' anime when Triela suffers from her period. She has intense cramps and implied nausea, made worse by the fact that she is forbidden pain killers by the Agency because of her conditioning. The irritation arises naturally when her pain is compounded by the [[UnwantedAssistance attitude]] of [[OldSchoolChivalry her handler]] and [[PityTheKidnapper their target]].
* ''LightNovel/InAnotherWorldWithMySmartphone'': Near the start of the journey, in Interlude I: "The Adventurers", the twins Elze and Linze both get their periods a day apart. They're not just irritable or moody as a result, they are ''bedridden'' by the experience.
-->''It mustíve been tough dealing with... girl problems like that. Even my '''[Recovery]''' spell had no effect. Probably because it wasnít classified as an abnormal status condition, or so I figured. If anything, that kind of pain was proof that her body was functioning properly.''
* In ''Manga/InsideMari'' the protagonist suddenly gets crippling cramps and notices blood. The problem is the protagonist is a [[FreakyFridayFlip man in the body ]] of a high school girl and he's never experienced this. It's traumatizing.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'': Momono and Shiratori go to the theater and watch a horror film. When Shiratory asks how girl could see such a bloody film and not be bothered, Momono replies, "Girls are used to seeing a lot of blood. Er... Was that a little vulgar?".
* In Chapter 8 of ''Minimum'', after Itou's friend Satou gets punched in the face by Haru for staring at her boobs, he mutters if she's "on the period".
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Asuka is not amused by having periods, and adding to that the fact that Shinji has surpassed her, she's in an even worse mood than usual.
* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'': When one of the Aasu sisters hears an explosion in another part of the house, she assumes that her younger sister either is having her period or has missed her period. Her question gets immediately cut off.
* Averted in ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo''. Though the girls [[AvertedTrope do complain]] about menstrual cramps, their personalities seem unaffected.
* ''Very'' subtly implied in ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', but Ami gives us the right idea with this infamous quote of hers:
-->'''Ami:''' ''(to Midori)'' Whatever. Talking to you feels like having a period.
* ''Manga/TsurezureChildren'': Downplayed in the Luna, Luna. Kana flips her lid while on her period, not because the period itself but because [[InnocentlyInsensitive Chiaki suggests she goes back home since they can't have sex.]]


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In the ''Sisterhood Of Steel'' graphic novel, ''Boronwe: Daughter of Death,'' Boronwe's friend and roomate Dindra is bitching about her period while they're playing a board game. Boronwe sardonically asks why it is that Dindra seems to suffer the worst cramps whenever she's losing the game but is perfectly fine when she's winning.


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* Read a period fanfiction. ''Any'' period fanfiction. Chances are that when the girl isn't cramping, it's just scary irritability and mood swings. Or all of them together.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' FanFic "FanFic/AVoiceAmongTheStrangers", the main human character gets hit with this really hard with her first period in Equestria. The fact that there is a language barrier between her and the ponies, and like real horses don't bleed out the crotch when it happens (most likely twice per year) leads to some confusion. The fact that she was under emotional turmoil {{justifie|dTrope}}s it, as she mentions to herself that she hadn't had cramps this bad since she was a teenager, and she's ''never'' been that emotional, [[IncrediblyLamePun period]].
* The MassiveMultiplayerCrossover ProWrestling fanfic "FanFic/CharacterChampionshipWrestling", [[Franchise/{{Ben 10}} Gwen Tennyson]] goes into a rage filled PMS state whenever she is pissed off. Sometimes played for laughs, and sometimes comes with blood...[[{{Squick}} lots of it...]]
* In a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5423228/1/Murder-Most-Orrible about the difference between Assassination and normal ordinary boring murder,]] licensed Assassin Miss Alice Band testily says that for a week in every month, a female Assassin is the deadliest thing on Disc as in that mood, she's capable of "[[DeadlyEuphemism inhuming]]" any number of men for fun rather than profit. Her post-menopausal colleague Joan Sanderson-Reeves, who has been there and done that, agrees, but argues the inhumation fees are still jolly necessary, so as to buy expensive chocolate from Weinrich and Boettcher (the most expensive ''chocolatier'' in Ankh-Morpork).


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. While working at the diner, Cheryl tells a fellow waitress that "It's my time" (of the month) and she has cramps. When Leonard tries to kidnap her, she asks him to leave her alone but he persists. She then turns into a character out of ''Film/TheExorcist'' (well, its {{Blaxploitation}} version ''Abby'')-- BlankWhiteEyes, giant Afro, growling voice.
-->'''Leonard''': You must got the Devil in you!\\
'''Cheryl''': No! Cramps! ''(Slams him up against a wall)'' I asked you nicely, now I'm going to rip your balls off!
* In ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'', Katerina's father calls her out on this, after she dents his car in a bout of anger: "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny My insurance policy does not cover PMS!]]"
* In ''Film/{{Carnage}}'', Jodie Foster's character can be seen stashing a package of tampons out-of-sight when she's bringing a guest to her apartment's bathroom. Her emotional fragility during the events of the movie can be at least partially attributed to PMS.
* Used as a throwaway gag in ''Film/MysteryMen''. One of the candidates during the TerribleIntervieweesMontage calls herself the "PMS Avenger" and warns the group that she can only work a few days out of the month.
* ''Film/NoStringsAttached'' had a scene showing all of the Natalie Portman character's rooomates [=PMSing=] together, including the gay male roommate, who is having ''sympathy PMS''. Wishing to nurture her in her pain, Ashton Kutcher's character [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming shows up with cupcakes]] and a [[http://8tracks.com/werohcst/period-mix period playlist.]]
* Defied in ''Film/JennifersBody'', in which the titular character provides the page quote.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Averted in ''Literature/TheRedTent''. Although the women all menstruate at more-or-less the same time (Jacob's wives start first, with servants starting a few days later) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunaception around the New Moon,]] and they are secluded (partly because of Jewish laws [[ValuesDissonance labeling menstruating women as "unclean"]], and partly so they can conduct certain religious rituals without any objections), they don't seem to experience adverse symptoms aside from perhaps a little tiredness. It's a restful time, and the women literally celebrate this chance of renewal with offerings to [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Inanna]], socializing, cakes (more like cookies or scones), and fine wine.
* A nice scene in the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet averts this as Kel and her friend/maid discuss what happens during your period. While it does mention that some women do get overly angry, others might just get a little weepy or desire sweets. In the next book, a brief mention is made of Kel having her period and crying over a very bad day when she otherwise wouldn't.
* {{Justified}} in ''Literature/BloodOfElves''. The witchers' children's diet includes a cocktail of mushrooms and herbs that are meant to promote muscle growth and metabolic balance, but in Ciri they have the side effect of making her symptoms worse once she starts menstruating. (The witchers had never tried to train a female witcher before and didn't realize it was a problem until Triss Merigold pointed it out.)
* ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Polgara the Sorceress]]'': What triggers the young Polgara's first use of sorcery? Being irritable because she's menstruating just then. (The rest of the series is solidly in NoPeriodsPeriod.)


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* At least one episode of ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'' centres around this, with Michael's wife and teenage daughter both having extreme PMS at the same time.
* Referenced on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Willow is consoling her boyfriend Oz, who we've just learned is a werewolf.
-->For a few days a month, I'm not so fun to be around, either.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLm5FIKIxMI sketch]] on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' was about "PMS Awareness Week."
* There have been multiple jokes in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Penny snaps at Sheldon and he comments that she must be on her period.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' episode "PMS, I Love You". When Roseanne gets PMS she pretty much goes crazy, with wild mood swings. This causes terror in the members of her family. Oddly though, her issues with this time of the month are never brought up again after this episode.
** In the same episode, Roseanne's friend Crystal, who is most often the [[GlurgeAddict kindest, sweetest,]] most naive and most Woobie-ish of the cast (if a little neurotic,) mentioned how even she becomes a complete she-beast during her time of the month, saying once she went around and broke a streetlight for every man who did her wrong; Dan called it the "Great Blackout of '84."
** In an episode where Roseanne revealed she missed her period and is afraid she might be pregnant again, Jackie asked how she managed it when she's always so horribly mean and angry during her time of the month that everyone would've noticed. She gleefully reveals she ''faked'' her PMS that month, and even tacked on an extra day for the hell of it.
* Referenced in an episode of ''Series/{{Maude}}'' when she runs for State Senate. One of her staffers (who isn't a staffer for very long) says that women are unfit for public office because of their mood swings.
* Sorta referenced in one episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' where the land on an Earth (or at least a US) with a Matriarchal Society. One local guy they talk to says that a Patriarcal Society wouldn't work, in part because women only get mood swings once a month and men have them all the time.
* In ''Series/CommanderInChief'', Geena Davis scornfully suggests that the reason men worry about a female president is: "once a month, will she or won't she push the button?"
* Played for laughs on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in a fake commercial for a pill called "Annuale," which lets a woman have her period once a year, apparently turns women into menstrual menaces ([[AxCrazy one attacks her co-workers with an ax]], a second [[BigEater scarfs down an entire birthday cake at a children's party]], a third [[GroinAttack kicks her husband in the crotch]], punches him in the face, and runs screaming out the room, and a fourth [[AnythingThatMoves French-kisses a dog]]). There's even a SideEffectsInclude warning near the end that states that these once-a-year periods should be told to authorities in advance so officials can lock any woman who takes Annuale up like the Wolfman.
** SNL Korea also did their own take on this idea (but calling the pill "Veranil Jung"), except one woman delivers a beatdown on her boyfriend in a restaurant, another rampages through a taekwondo training session, another one breaks into a car and takes it for a joyride, and they all finally converge upon a convenience store and raid it.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' features Debra going near-psychotic when she's on her period, yelling and arguing at Ray for even less reason than normal. Ray eventually tapes her rants and plays them back to her as a form of revenge and proof that she's being unreasonable... at which point she goes full-on "weepy [=PMS=]ing woman" and poor Ray's forced to backtrack. It was basically head writer Phil Rosenthal's apology/explanation to his wife.
* "The Camping Trip" episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' (originally titled "A Period Piece," but the censors objected, despite the fact that ''Married With Children'' never showed episode titles onscreen) dealt with Marcy, Peg, and Kelly having their cycles sync up while in a cabin with Steven, Al, and Bud. HilarityEnsues, and probably contributed to a funny line in ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', as their periods attract all sorts of wildlife... including {{bears|AreBadNews}}.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Taxi}}''; the cabbies at first assume that Simka's foul mood that she has once a month (called a "kremkapush" by Latka) is her ordinary period. In truth, she ''does'' have PMS.
* An episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has Liz wondering why people think her show is demeaning to women. We then see a series of the show's sketches about illustrious women losing it because they are having their periods. Later exaggerated with Avery--she goes from understanding and sensible to wild the second her period started.
* On an episode of ''Series/ModernFamily'', all three of the Dunphy women get their periods at the same time, terrifying Phil. Luke, terrorized, yells that they're all "monsterating." They then turn their wrath on Phil for giving Luke that mindset.
* In the sketch comedy show, ''Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor'', Karen invented the super-heroine Pre-Menstrual Girl, who is the alter ego of normally pleasant and cheerful office worker Penelope. When trouble arises her super-power kicks in: she alters her body-clock and transforms into [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdojSAHeZXM Pre-Menstrual Girl,]] a superheroine who saves peoples' lives, either by winning the villain's heart with her neurotic sobbing, or terrifying him into bludgeoned submission by screaming, being aggressive, and sniping.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'', Jen has a "[[UnusualEuphemism visit from Aunt Irma]]" that makes her so irritable that she screams with the VoiceOfTheLegion. To make matters worse, Roy and Moss start having the same symptoms as though their cycles are synchronizing, even though they're men.
* Invoked by Alison's husband Donnie on ''Series/OrphanBlack'', when she's ... tied him up in a chair and is threatening to torture him to find out whether he's her monitor or not. While she may be justifiably angered by the suggestion, her reaction[[note]]slapping him across the face[[/note]] does nothing to suggest he isn't right.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' the sisters all get [=PMS=], which apparently causes their powers to mess up. Also, because of a [[WeirdMoon blue moon]], [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext they turn into werewolves or something]].
* Mocked on ''Series/TheNightlyShow'' during a panel discussion about the idea that Hillary Clinton being post-menopausal would make her a better president than a younger woman. Staff writer Holly Walker says that not only is she on her period right now, so are plenty of women in the audience, and yet they are ''not'' burning the studio down. Then she lampoons the stereotypical portrayal:
-->"''RRRRRAAAAGH! Chocolate! ''Salted nuts!''''"
* Scottish comedy duo Hale and Pace and their sketch [[Series/SesameStreet "Reality Street"]]. "It was brought to you today by the letters [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR4Pha7cxtM PMT!"]] [[note]] T as in tension, meaning is the same.[[/note]]
* Mocked in ''Series/RedDwarf'': After Kryten (who, it should be said, is a robot who presents and identifies as male) steals a T-34 from a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII simulator and uses it to [[ItMakesSenseInContext blow up]] [[Literature/PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Bingley's gazebo]] when the rest of the crew have forgotten it was the day he joined the crew and won't eat the dinner he cooked, Dave's only comment is:
-->'''Dave:''' I didn't know robots got PMS....
* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': After Hitomi happens to overhear Shin and Midori discuss possibly having sex after Midori [[TheJailBaitWait turns 18]], she starts acting moody towards Shin. Since Shin doesn't quite realize Hitomi could be acting this way because she's interested in him, he comes to the conclusion that she's on her period. He later give Hitomi some pills intended for menstrual cramps, which doesn't amuse her at all.


[[folder: Music ]]

* "Ridin' da Cotton Pony" by Music/DaYoopers hints at this.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0lKdYQkMW4 PMS]]" by Music/BobRivers (based on "TNT" by Music/{{ACDC}}).
* "Tamahime-sama" by JunTogawa.
* In the Julie Brown song "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun", the singer at one point asks Debbie, the titular homecoming queen, if she is shooting everyone because she's experiencing a really bad period.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMuscKEmV3I "Goodbye PMS"]] by Park Myung Soo & Lizzy (After School).


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Sara from ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' has two turtles; Peaches and Mordoc, Lord of Unholy Fury. Named during different times of the month.
* In one ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' strip, Darryl answers the door, only to be met with a female [[TheGrinch postal worker]] who gripes about men and flings his package at him. When Wanda asks who was at the door, Darryl replies "U.P.M.S."


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'': IF assumes Arfoire is menstruating the first time they fight.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'': It's often joked about that Princess Peach's Vibe Powers is really just about Peach going through PMS due to them resembling violent mood swings (Happy, Calm, Sad, and Angry).
* This is the only way to tell that ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' averts NoPeriodsPeriod. Most of the female [=NPCs=] become rather irritable during a Blood Moon.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* How Kyo'nne of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', who is a drow, a species that doesn't get periods, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive/20100215c21p021.jpg explains what's going on with her human companion Vaelia]] to another drow after they accidentally discover that she is menstruating, something Kyo'nne calls "moon blood."
* ''Webcomic/CodeNameHunter'': Ruby suffers from some of this just before the Treaty Night event.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' occasionally highlights the PMS cramps/cravings of Monique, its single human female character.
* [[http://xkcd.com/594/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', though the woman suffering PMS is grumpy less because of her condition and more because her boyfriend [[LamePunReaction takes the time to crack a bad pun]].
* Parodied in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD8gijwTZ2Y animated webcomic.]] One girl is visited by a personification of periods and is swiftly punched in the crotch. Her friend sitting nearby just gets some affectionate slaps, and thus is in no pain at all when her period occurs.
* In the Wotch, Katie [=McBride=] is transformed into a Werecat. Via the help of a magical amulet, she regains her human mind while wearing it. Later, she laments that once a month she transforms into a snarling monster and then later in the month becomes a Werecat.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Hope for a Breeze}}'', Sophia gets her first [[http://h4ab.smackjeeves.com/comics/1809940/h4ab-15-6v2/ here.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J1LfcvqhcQ Fem Fortress,]]'' a fan-video of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' that swaps out the male voices for female ones (but not the models, presumably because of the RuleOfFunny). Everyone on the team goes on their period ''at the same time'', and are unable to fight. [[spoiler:Except the Pyro.]]
* A fanmade list of commandments for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s Space Marines commands them to stay well away from the [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]] when the Red Rage is upon them. Given that the Sisters of Battle are spike-armored warrior nuns with a penchant for sharp objects and flamethrowers at the best of times...
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq-j03_Tr4M In this Sofy]] song about PMS, we have a FragileFlower Elephant, a LeaveMeAlone Lion, a HairTriggerTemper Hedgehog, and a BigEater Bear.
* ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'': Towards the end of Episode 2, [[spoiler: after witnessing the Quartermaster ride into view on the squirrel king's throne]], Gwen grumbles that she "needs more Midol" before walking off.
* Discussed on ''Website/NotAlwaysWorking'', when a delivery driver comments to his trainee that they will need to be tactful with their next client-- [[https://notalwaysright.com/trying-fulfill-delivery-period/97807/ she's ordered tampons, tea, and chocolates]]. The trainee needs it spelled out for him that she's on her period, and then [[FreakOut he's too disgusted to make the delivery]].
* Taken Trope/UpToEleven by French-Italian Website/{{YouTube}}r Creator/TessMasazza.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Played with in the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]'' episode, [[Recap/SixteenS1E22EnterTheDragon "Enter the Dragon"]] (which was [[BannedInChina banned in the States]], [[ValuesDissonance by the way]]), where the girls' cycles sync up.
** Jen gets really bad cramps--she compares it to what she imagines being hit in the stomach with a bowling ball would feel like.
** Nikki gets overly [[TenderTears emotional/needy]] and starts [[BigEater eating large amounts]] [[GirlsLoveChocolate of chocolate]]--[[DoesNotLikeSpam even though it's been established that she hates chocolate]].
** It's played straight only for Caitlin, who [[HairTriggerTemper always gets super cranky]]. [[PersonalitySwap She and Nikki basically swap personalities when they're on their periods.]]
* As pointed out by [[WebVideo/FamiliarFaces CR]], Katie Ka-Boom from ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' is a teenage girl whose [[HairTriggerTemper violent and sudden outbursts]] are portrayed as her [[BalefulPolymorph transforming into different monsters]]. The show never outright states that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar she's dealing with PMS]], but [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the implications are definitely there]].


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Most viral posts on {{Website/Tumblr}} that are about periods tend to focus entirely on the most extreme cases of menstruation and PMS. They almost never even ''mention'' individuals who don't suffer much (if at all) from the side effects, much less the people who get periods but don't have the PMS that's presumed to go hand in hand with it. Outside of that, however, it's '''very''' important to note that the posts themselves [[TruthInTelevision are rarely hyperbolic]] in regards to what the extreme cases are like for those who ''do'' experience them, unless it's being exaggerated for comedic purposes. Indeed, almost all of the viral posts are written by members who ''do'' suffer from the more extreme symptoms of PMS and periods, and if they just so happen [[{{Transsexual}} to be female only in terms of biology]], the frustration with their circumstances [[FromBadToWorse only gets worse]]. [[http://scarstakeover.tumblr.com/post/72611441910/okay-really-stop-being-so-overdramatic-having-a Many of the posts are also written and/or drawn in response to people]] [[ItsProbablyNothing telling them that periods aren't a big deal and that they should "stop overreacting"]], so the members are very likely to believe that mentioning the exceptions would only serve to weaken their argument.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premenstrual_dysphoric_disorder Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD]]