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->'''Al:''' You know who was a good woman? Veronica. You know, from ComicBook/ArchieComics? Veronica never had a period.\\
'''Steve:''' That's true. But she still had an attitude problem.\\
'''Al:''' You're right. There are no good ones.
-->-- ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''

A subtrope of TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, No Periods, Period is the fact that unless there's a specific, plot-related reason to mention that a female character is menstruating, the subject will not be brought up. Periods do appear frequently for plot-related reasons; do not list those here.

Compare to NobodyPoops and NoDeadBodyPoops. Common aversions usually have AllPeriodsArePMS and/or MenstrualMenace. Completely unrelated to NoPunctuationPeriod, WallOfText, and ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The first page of ''Manga/AfterSchoolNightmare'' has the intersex protagonist getting his first period.
* During one sequence in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ActionGirl Casca insists on fighting during her period and nearly gets killed by a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain particularly misogynistic enemy general]] [[WorfHadTheFlu because her cramps are taking her edge off]]. She gets her own back during the Battle of Doldrey and kills him.
* One of the chapters of ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' has Akane begin to menstruate. She's less than happy at her changing body.
* One chapter of ''Manga/FamilyCompo'' has Sora getting [[{{transsexual}} his]] period. He's obviously doesn't like it and shares pads with his daughter.
* Triela's periods pop up a few times in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. In one scene she's complaining about them but the slightly younger Henrietta notes she herself can't get them due to having her ovaries removed due to her Conditioning, [[spoiler:though it's implied to be related to having been gangraped repeatedly prior to the story]].
* ''IS - Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei'' is a manga about intersex people. At least one of the characters has been shown to menstruate.
* ''Manga/InsideMari'' deals with what happens when a man [[FreakyFriday switched with a girl]] starts menstruating. Isao is overcome by the pain and freaked out by the blood. He starts bawling and has an awkward time buying menstrual pads.
* The two twin sisters, Kagami and Tsukasa, from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' at one point chat (with polite ambiguity) about periods; Kagami was concerned that it would happen at the beach and she couldn't go into the water. Not too surprising, since the show tends to involve the girls chatting about anything and everything. Konata takes delight in overhearing such an intimate conversation, and Kagami in her embarassment finds herself wondering if her diminutive, flat-chested friend has even had a period.
* ''Manga/ShionNoOu'': Shion suffers from haemophobia, fear of blood, due to her parents' murder. When she wakes up in episode 3 with bloody sheets from her first period, the shock and trauma puts her in the hospital for several days.
* Episode 8 of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has Sasami pretty much taken out of the episode because she got her first period. In fact, you wouldn't even realize this unless you knew the items Tenchi's aunt gives the others are old rememides to help her weather that little problem.
* The oneshot YuriGenre manga ''Trans Star'' is about a girl whose male crush [[GenderBender transformed]] into a girl. The ending shot has her getting her first period.
* A plot point in ''Manga/WanderingSon''. Takatsuki is transsexual and starting his period causes dysphoria. On a lesser note menstruation is depicted several times from varying female characters.
* In ''Manga/SevenSeeds'', with some girls casually mentioning that they are on their period at the moment. Natsu's period actually becomes a plot point in the ''Minor Heat'' arc, where [[spoiler: iron-eating bacteria starts to become active on an old, abandoned ship and starts chasing her, due to the iron in her blood]].
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Yui gets a bloodstain on her skirt as a result of being connected to Miaka (who is in the book) via her school uniform, and Miaka being injured. One of their friends awkwardly asks Yui if it's her time of the month. In the anime, it's downplayed. Yui sees the stain and groans before heading into the bathroom (probably ''assuming'' it's a menstrual mishap), but no one actually ''mentions'' it.
* In ''Manga/KodomoNoKodomo''. The grade-schoolers talk about getting their first periods early on.
* Casually averted in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'' when a girl named Rita mentions she is wearing a tampon.
* Oddly enough in ''Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal'', the 1999 four-part OVA to ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Episode three treats us to a series of quick cuts between Tomoe clutching her stomach and splashes of blood against a black background. She then heads outside before we cut to the next scene.
* Mentioned once or twice in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', as female spellcasters lose power "that time of the month". Given the length of the series, it's surprising it only comes up once or twice with Lina, the first time as a minor plot point. Presumably she is little affected most of the time, or maybe it only affects her and a small number of mages.
* Averted for Asuka in both the anime and the manga of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''; her period causes her a realistic amount of discomfort, shame, anxiety, pain and mood swings, with her lamenting in episode 22 that she has to go through it because she's a girl, even though she doesn't intend to have children. Her written-out thoughts in the same episode [[spoiler: during her MindRape]] show that "menarche" (a girl's very first menstrual cycle) is as much a source of anxiety for her as "sex".
** However, Rei implies that she doesn't have them in episode 14 with the cryptic piece of dialogue 'the woman that never bleeds', possibly referring to herself and a literal example of this trope due to being a [[spoiler: HalfHumanHybrid vessel for the soul of Lilith]].
* Averted in ''Manga/NaruTaru'', at least thrice:
** Naozumi discovers that it's Satomi's time of the month after she [[spoiler:passes out and wets herself when her dragon is cut up by an attack chopper's rotor blades.]]
** Akira is taunted by some girls at school because of her period and she mentions that she did just have it.
** The 13-year-old Shiina Tamai gets her first one [[spoiler:right after she dies and is subsequently reborn in the island where her grandparents live.]]
* Averted in ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. Yona is feeling a little under the weather and realizes she's menstruating. Princess Tao immediately recognizes that particular brand of distress and hustles Yona away from the crowds of men they live with so she can sleep it off. While it serves to characterize Tao as compassionate, sisterly, and observant and gives the two a chance to chat privately, it's never mentioned again.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played straight in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' for ''decades'', until the original creators decided to take up the series again.
** Still played straight with the elves. Averted for the humans, as an explanation on why the wolves keep tormenting their human-female adoptee.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has Nico using the Staff of One despite not being injured at all. The gang is a little confused and figure it out after Nico glares at them when they question it -- The Staff of One can only be summoned when the user's blood is spilled. [[LoopholeAbuse Nothing in the rules said anything about being actual]] ''[[LoopholeAbuse wounds]]''.
* [[Comicbook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] was a dick to ComicBook/JessicaJones in ''ComicBook/{{Alias}}'' #3. She apologized later, and clarified that she was having her period.
* Averted in ''{{ComicBook/Reborn}}'' where Bonnie Black brings up the fact she had her first period in ''30 years''. ItMakesSenseInContext since she used to be nearly 80-years old, but after being rejuvenated to her 25-year old form, she is able to do it again.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/{{Lothiriel}}'' by [=JunoMagic=], in chapter 12 "Preparations for the Journey", puts the idea that the elves of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' never bleed during their periods. "They reabsorbed whatever they had done to get ready once a month to conceive a child." Lothíriel, the woman from Germany, does not have periods because her birth-control implant suppresses them.
* Averted in ''FanFic/VariationModification.'' Karkat (a trans guy) gets his in Chapter 14, and is flat-out horrified.
* Discussed in ''FanFic/FirstTrySeries'' for how an massively unprepared Sakura is going to go through a two-month training mission without feminine products.
* With ''FanFic/OriginStory'', at first it seemed as if the story was going to follow this trope (to the point that some reviewers commented on how unrealistic it was that Alex Harris, who at the time was still thinking she was a [[GenderBender man turned into a woman]], wouldn't have had a complete freak out over getting her period. Turns out that the writer was instead using her period as evidence that while Alex looks human, she's actually a [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]], and the two species are ''not'' identical even if they are similar. In the story, female Kryptonians are only fertile (and thus only menstruate) four times a year. Alex eventually ''did'' get her period, on the normal Kryptonian time-scale.
* This is PlayedForLaughs and averted in this ''Anime/KillLaKill'' [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/data/8f055610c0330b7197bbf9a3311ee5c4.png Fankoma]]. Apparently, the series never covered that before.
* Averted by [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5020357 this ]] ''Literature/TheHobbit'' fanfic, which is a short story that's ''all'' about a female version of Bilbo getting her period on the journey.
* Averted in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''. Asuka's monthly cycle is brought up once or twice in the story. [[spoiler:Her lack of periods is how she figured out she was pregnant.]]
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Averted. In chapter 10, Asuka has severe nausea from her period and spends several minutes throwing up. [[spoiler:Turns out that her period is only partly responsible for her sickness.]]
* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Subverted and PlayedForLaughs. No blood actually appears, but when Beruka comes to Selena saying she has a problem, Selena (in an annoyed and sleep-deprived state) assumes that she started 'bleeding' and gives advice on how to deal with it. Beruka's response indicates that she already knows all about the subject; "I am an adult, Selena."
* Averted in ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'', where it turns out that Rei ''does'' in fact have perfectly normal human reproductive organs contrary to what she'd been told. It leads to a minor bonding moment for her and Asuka.
* ''FanFic/WalkingInCircles''. [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Evelyn]]'s friend, Keldra, once complains about having to deal with her stained clothes and her period being irregular and asks if Signy if she also needs to delivery her clothing for laundry too which the latter declines. Sometimes later, it's revealed that Signy [[spoiler: uses her period blood to practice blood magic instead of cutting herself like regular blood mages do]].
* Averted in ''[[https://fanfiction.net/s/3532730/5/ Returning Echoes]]''; after [[Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist Edward]] gets [[GenderBender gender bent]], she has to deal with everything that comes with it, including menstration and mood swings.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Averted in ''Film/JupiterAscending''; Jupiter uses a maxi pad (for lack of anything else) as a bandage for Caine's wound, telling him to be thankful that the car they’ve stolen is owned by a woman - [[CriticalResearchFailure although she applies it sticky side down.]]
* Played with in ''Film/SummerSchool'': When Pam ditches class and blames it on a "woman thing," Chainsaw complains that the "woman thing" is a scam. Denise goes into a rant about how much the "woman thing" sucks.
* ''Film/TheDreamers'': {{Averted}}. Isabelle gets hers [[{{Squick}} while taking a bath with Theo and Matthew]]. Theo notes it's "good news", since she'd already had unprotected sex with Matthew multiple times.

* Averted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' When the corpse of a male rape victim is found, the protagonists conclude from the blood on his private parts that one of the rapists must have been on her period. Qualifies, as this conclusion is of no use in the plot.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': It's plausible for a thirteen-year-old girl not to have started her period yet, which makes a reasonable justification for the trope, but it's decidedly less plausible that ''none'' of them would have started menstruating by that age. Presumably it's not mentioned because the target age range for the books was a bit younger than thirteen, and Martin didn't want to freak out the kids (or their parents).
* Same with ''The Fabulous Five'' series, which also focused a group of 13-year old girls.
* ''Literature/TheSaddleClub'': Played straight. The three main characters are all girls age 12-13, but periods are never mentioned save once offhand, rather jarringly, when the 13 year old talks about a SouthernBelle etiquette teacher she had who always called it "that time of the month".
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': WordOfGod says that ''that'' blood is [[YouFailBiologyForever "dead blood"]] and not nearly as interesting to Edward, but it's still kind of awkward. It also still gets the FridgeLogic going.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': There is never any mention of what the female tributes do when or if they get their period in the arena. Do sponsors send them tampons, or do the contestants receive treatment to stop their cycle? The latter would be unsurprising, given that male tributes ''do'' receive some kind of treatment to stop them from growing beards, so there's every chance female tributes receive something similar -- perhaps ratings have shown that female tributes menstruating wasn't very entertaining. This becomes fortunate in the second book when [[spoiler: Katniss is pretending to be pregnant -- if she had suddenly gotten her period, it would have been noticeable, given the amount of time the tributes spend in little clothing, and the entire plan would have been scuppered.]]
** It is also true that when a woman is under a high amount of stress she can be late or even skip a period. Having to keep yourself alive with people actively out to kill you would be stressful enough to warrant this idea.
* Blink and you'll miss it (it's just one paragraph in a [[DoorStopper long book]]), but this trope is averted in ''Lovely Assistant'' by Geoph Essex, where Jenny specifically notes a recent (minor) pregnancy scare before coming to the conclusion that she probably can't even menstruate [[spoiler:anymore, now that she's a [[TheGrimReaper reaper]]]].
* ''Literature/PetalsOnTheWind'' : Zig-zagged. The protagonist, Cathy, is malnourished after years of being kept in the attic. Understandably, her periods have stopped, although [[spoiler: her brother Chris raped her during their imprisonment, so she may also be pregnant]]. During a dance audition (and a very memorable scene), the floodgates open.
* Periods are used as a form of EstablishingCharacterMoment in ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds'' as all the women in the nursery cycle at the same time but for the stubborn and contrary Midi.
* Averted in the ''{{Literature/Outlander}}'' series; there's everything from Lizzie's menarche (first period) to Claire's menopause (last). Several times during the books, it's shown that Jamie has a habit of unconsciously keeping track of Claire's cycle, which she finds odd as it isn't something a man from her time would usually do. There's also little of any man being shown as uncomfortable with these events; Jamie, as noted; and Ian, who after all had several older sisters.
* Averted, however delicately and obliquely, in ''Awake in the Night Land'' by Creator/JohnCWright. The narrator tells the boy she is talking to that she was in a place for a month -- and refuses to explain how she knew that in the absence of all external indicators of passing time, citing his youth. When he's old enough to marry, his wife will explain it.
* A noteworthy aversion is the short story "Even the Queen" by Creator/ConnieWillis in which most women have opted for a safe, effective method of avoiding menstruation unless they are attempting to conceive. The story mentions that getting FDA approval for this was the first issue that managed to unite women across every demographic.
* Averted in Creator/JohnWyndham's ''The Trouble with Lichen'' in which a scientist develops a technique that will triple the human life expectancy and tests it on his grown-up children. His son realises that his body clock has been slowed down because he only has to shave every third day, but - until she drops a broad hint - doesn't understand how his sister has figured it out too.
* This is averted at the beginning of the first ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' book. Chloe is a bit late to get her first period but when she does she [[PubertySuperpower begins]] [[ISeeDeadPeople to see ghosts]].
* In ''Time Past'', the main character comes from a time period in which medical treatments are available to completely suppress menstruation. When she gets stuck in a slum in the past, she starts getting periods, and notes that she has tremendous newfound respect for her female ancestors, who had to deal with this every single month for most of their lives.
* Played straight in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and the ''Mallorean'', but eventually subverted in the prequel ''Polgara the Sorceress'', when the eponymous narrator describes in her memoirs the brief horror of her and her twin sister being woken up by their first periods.
* Averted for the lulz in soccer-meets-crime novel "False Nine" by Philip Kerr. The amateur detective hero is a soccer manager. He's the bigmouth type, and current unemployment doesn't make it better. So when Rafinha gets exchanged in a game, he twitters that the player probably was on his period. (His. Ahem.) [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Not everyone is amused]] and the FA slaps him a 25000 quid fine. At the end of the book it even turns into a [[BrickJoke Brick Period]] when a female CEO offers him a new job and dryly tells him that it's that time of the month and he better should decide quickly because she's very irritable now.
* ''Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl''. Anne Frank eagerly anticipates the onset of her periods. A year later, having experienced them for real, she goes back through her diary and is embarrassed over how candid she was about the subject.
* In ''Drinker Of Blood'', a period mystery set in AncientEgypt, Lord Meren's daughter is put under house arrest when Meren goes on the run, framed for attacking the pharaoh. Knowing her (male) guards' willingness to search outgoing parcels has its limits, she sends him a letter via her laundress, concealed in a basket of feminine blood-cloths.
* Averted in ''[[Literature/TheInterdependency The Collapsing Empire]]'', where Cardenia is being crowned Emperox Grayland II of the the Interdependency. With all the uncomfortable ceremonial clothes she has to wear, that day also happens to be that time of the month for her, so she's even more inconvenienced. That's right, even in the distant future, periods are still a nuisance.
* Averted in ''Literature/BetweenShadesOfGrey''. It is mentioned that Lina has stopped menstruating due to the harsh conditions in the labor camps. It is not mentioned that she and Andrius had children- so it is possible that they may have never returned, or may not have been able to get pregnant even if she menstruated again.
* Averted in ''Literature/SorcererToTheCrown'', the female protagonist is able to do a kind of magic that requires blood. When a male character asks her about it, she replies that he will now understand why she had to do it in his absence. It takes him a moment to understand.
* ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'' (third book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Played with; Shallan briefly lets Adolin think she's on her period because she doesn't want to tell him about her night drinking in the markets. He figures it out, though, and they have a brief discussion on how men assume any strange behavior is the result of periods, and women let them. Adolin once again demonstrates he's smarter than he looks when he says he once noticed that one of his girlfriends was having "woman troubles" four times a month. Shallan also notes that her Stormlight HealingFactor doesn't help with cramps.
-->'''Shallan:''' Yeah. Mother Cultivation can be hateful. I'm an all-powerful, Shardblade-wielding pseudo-immortal, but nature still sends a friendly reminder every now and then to tell me I should be getting around to having children.\\
'''Pattern:''' [[BrickJoke No mating]].
* Discussed and played with in ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold''. Part of Dee's DealWithTheDevil involves the Daemon ripping her heart out and keeping it for two years. While her heart is out, her body doesn't physically change -- for instance, she won't age for the entirety of the two years. After a couple months, Dee realizes she also hasn't gotten her period since she made the deal. Her friend wryly comments that that particular side effect is almost enough to make a deal seem worth it.
* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}},'' tampons and Advil are some of the view items [[TheSmurfettePrinciple April]] had in her backpack when she and the others were TrappedInAnotherWorld. She winds up sharing some of the Advil with some Viking women who were apparently also having their periods. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] momentarily [[NotSoAboveItAll expresses excitement]] upon learning what April has, as she's apparently a few days away from needing it herself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One wonders exactly how [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor's]] female companions broach the subject whilst traveling with him. It must be pretty awkward for a young human woman to ask a centuries-old male Time Lord about pads. As it has never come up in the show, we still don't know how they handle that. Time works differently inside the TARDIS. (Though at least one companion has ''gestated'' inside the TARDIS...)
* Played ridiculously straight on ''Series/FullHouse'', considering that there were three girls living in the house (as well as an adult woman at one point, along with a fourth girl who frequently visited), at least two of whom (DJ and Kimmy) undoubtedly reached the age of menarche at some point in the show's tenure and Stephanie likely reached this age too.
** Somewhat downplayed on ''Series/FullerHouse'', so far. Kimmy's daughter's friend tells her that she has [[AllPeriodsArePMS cramps]]. Said daughter congratulates her friend. However, said friend clarifies her statement: she has ''leg'' cramps.
* Same thing on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', which featured ''two'' adult women and a girl who undoubtedly reached the age of menarche at some point.
* And ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', with ''three'' adult women (four if you count Pam, even though she joined the show quite late) and ''two'' girls who got to this point (in fact, at age 12 when the show started, Vanessa could very well have been there already), there was only ''one'' VerySpecialEpisode regarding Rudy starting hers and another when Claire began menopause.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has several women of childbearing age on an island with no feminine supplies, and yet it's never brought up how they deal with it. One character mentions being late, and another suddenly knows she's not pregnant, but the implications are never explored.
* ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' averts this ''on the first episode'': one of the main characters, a 19th century woman, is given a tampon by a veteran Ministry agent, who tells her that traveling in time always messes up with her period.
* ''Series/{{The100}}'' usually plays this straight. A hundred juvenile delinquents (at least half of whom are female) are marooned on a post-apocalyptic Earth with next to zero supplies, and wear basically the same clothes through Season 1, with no mention of pads or even the cleaning of clothes. It's later somewhat justified as all of the women have "Contraceptive Implants" that apparently prevent, or at least regulate, their cycles, along with the very short timeframe of Season 1-2 and Season 3-4. However, the justification is later subverted when the implants are specifically removed to help with population growth, and their are still no periods.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The show features [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDRxitf9n54 Sansa's first period]] in the season 2 episode "A Man Without Honour"; she has a CatapultNightmare of being stabbed brought on by the cramps and promptly tries to cut the bloodstains out of her bedsheets before anyone sees, so Joffrey doesn't try to take advantage of her and marry her ASAP.
** Averted in "Winter is Coming." The ''second'' thing Cersei ever says to Sansa is the question, "Have you bled yet?"
* Averted in the ''Series/BestFriendsWhenever'' episode "A Time To Jump and Jam", which has one of the protagonists recall getting her first period in middle school. This is probably the first time the subject has been mentioned on a Disney Channel series.
* Played straight in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In the seventh season there were twenty-ish females of the right age living in the Summers house, but there was never any mention of supplies, moodiness, or even ice cream.
* Should we even think about what the poor women of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' must do? Lovey Howell is probably past menopause, but, unless the limited diet of the island is interfering with Ginger and Mary Ann's cycles, they would have to handle it somehow. Coconut husks, probably. Hey, they made everything else with the blasted things, why not pads?
* Played for laughs in ''Series/TheITCrowd'' episode ''Aunt Irma Visits'', when Jen is feeling quite hormonal thanks to her time of the month, and it soon starts affecting Roy and Moss with hilarious results, despite them being men.
* Played with in ''Series/{{Tenko}}''. Mostly the women don't mention their menstrual cycles, but occasionally one of the younger characters would bring up how worried they were that their periods had stopped due to malnutrition.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': {{Averted}}. Rita and Serena take an uncomfortably keen interest when Offred's late, since she's there to have a baby. [[spoiler: We later see the blood on Offred's panties when she finally gets her period.]]
* Generally played straight in the Russian medical sitcom ''Interny'', but averted in one episode, where Varya gets sick of the male interns making her uncomfortable with talk of sexual conquests and generally non-female-friendly conversations in the common room. She dicides to strike back by turning up the male {{Squick}] factor by doing things women typically keep private from men, including loudly talking to a friend of hers on the phone about periods. Their boss finally puts an end to the situation by pointing out that, first and foremost, a doctor is an educated person, who should, thus, behave as one.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/BabylonFive''. Delenn becomes a HalfHumanHybrid at the start of season 2 (long story), and comes to Ivanova for help on dealing with confusing aspects of her new physiology, such as how to wash her hair (since Minbari don't have any). Fast-forward to the end of the episode, and she asks Ivanova about these "odd cramps."
* Averted in ''Series/AnneWithAnE''. Anne is shown getting her first period. She and her friends discuss when they started. Marilla even discusses the time she had hers.
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', at one point Donnie asks Allison about her menstrual flow as part of the questionnaire the Dyad Institute has given them to keep track of the clones. She tells him it's normal in a casual way, although later she admits to another clone that she wasn't that comfortable discussing it with her husband. Cosima at one point starts bleeding in a bathtub, presumably down there, although it's explained as her sickness rather than a normal period. Later on, Sarah is wounded and runs away into the wilderness. She ends up bandaging the wound up with a tampon she keeps in her pocket.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. At one point, Rin (who has no arms) is getting antsy and wants to find her friend Emi. She's being evasive as to why, but Hisao keeps pushing her for an answer, and she finally replies that she's on her period and needs some help dealing with it, and that while she likes Hisao, she doesn't feel comfortable asking for his help with that particular problem. Hisao promptly shuts up.
* Averted in ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'' when Ayumi gets her period without realizing it (you begin seeing a blood stain on the back of her skirt partway through the game). She's very embarrassed when Yoshiki notices and asks when she got hurt, but she can't think of any way to change or cover it up. No one else comments on it though (either they think it's from one of the numerous dead bodies, or they just have bigger problems).
* In ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' Season 3, Clementine has her first period in the fourth episode and asks Javi for advice. The player can find maxi pads for her in a medical center.
* Averted in ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite''. When Booker arrives to Monument Island, there are three objects linked to the Siphon that he can activate. One of them is a tissue with red spilled on it, being Elizabeth's menarche. [[spoiler:The fact that it disappears whenever Booker activates it foreshadows Elizabeth's [[RealityWarper Reality Warping powers]]]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The elven and drow races of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' are somewhat biologically different from humans and don't get periods, leading to a rather funny moment when a human character goes on her period, confusing a drow character who thinks she's bleeding and injured and leading another to use her own confused ideas of what a period is to explain it, not doing a very good job of it.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', as Ash, [[GenderBender originally a boy]], winds up horrified when Emily points out that the current symptoms he/she is experiencing are occurring after a certain amount of time Ash has been a girl. From then on, Ash will occasionally bring up the subject when he/she is feeling particularly irate.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}},'' as the [[WordOfGod author]] wants his female characters to be more realistic.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=156 jokes about Elliot experiencing PMS]] and [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=204 Ellen lists PMS as what she thinks is an inappropriate topic]], but no mention is made as to how Ellen adjusts to having periods (or even if she gets her period) in the little over a month between her creation and her getting appropriate memories through her "Second Life" dreams.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}''. When Lisa wants to go on her next date with Ally in the [[http://shiniez.deviantart.com/art/timing-of-the-month-298992043 second chapter]] after five days of waiting, it turns out her stomach cramps are not the result of chicken gone bad... The print version illustrates this with perhaps the first ever example of a troll-faced uterus.
* Averted, slightly, in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes''. When Lydia is deeply upset about being lonely and has a CryIntoChest moment with him, Betelgeuse's first reaction is to wonder whether this is the reason. The idea doesn't seem to bother him, though; he's more uneasy about the whole 'emotions' thing.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Connie gets her first period while staying with the Hill family.
* Averted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', where pretty much ''all'' the jokes come from Jen, Nikki and Caitlin being, ahem, ''hormonal'' and having harsh mood swings at the expense of Jonesy, Wyatt and Jude. When Jen realizes that her, Nikki and Caitlin's cycles have synced up, Caitlin gets excited and goes into an in-depth explanation that period cycles syncing up is the first sign of [[TrueCompanions close female friendship]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' never really makes note of menstruation despite it being a very girl-geared SliceOfLife series about girls going through middle school, and eventually high school, probably due to restrictions at Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}. There is, however, an episode in which the girls watch a film about puberty, where a passing euphemism is used ("a certain monthly visitor will arrive"). In regards to that euphemism, Macie says in one scene that she will be "forever haunted by the sounds of cramping".
* Katie Kaboom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' is a teenage girl who gets so much stress from her family that she literally turns into a monster in each segment.
* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukuUG6KOL0k Ask Lara]]'', a little-known series of Catalonian origin which was co-produced by the BBC in 2012 [[note]]however, as it was part of the ''Learning Zone'' block, it was only limited to air sporadically during overnight slots on BBC Two, but has also aired on countries such as the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, [[/note]] has an episode that deals with the main character having her first period. Lara is not as flustered about having her period as she is about that it had to happen on the day of an important exam. Lara has two best friends: Akira, who already started her period and offers her advice about it, and Monica, who is anxious to get hers and even says she feels envious when Lara tells her about the physical discomforts caused by it. Meanwhile, her two male friends, Tony and Gabriel, are worried that after getting her period, she will stop hanging out with them to only focus on older boys, but in the end that does not happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'' was the first non-adult cartoon to explicitly avert this trope; an episode from the series' first season deals with main character Sharon getting her first period in the middle of her first date, which greatly embarrasses her.
* Amazingly enough, ''WesternAnimation/{{Grossology}}'' doesn't mention this in any of the episodes, despite one of the Grossologists being in junior high school. Most likely, this is related to its keeping the TV-Y7 rating.