Playing With / No Periods, Period

Basic Trope: Female characters of child-bearing age are never seen to menstruate.
  • Straight: Alice never menstruates.
  • Exaggerated: Women don't even appear to have reproductive systems; babies just materialize without explanation.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice has never been shown during menstruation.
    • Sometimes Alice gets regular periods, and sometimes she goes for years without one.
  • Justified:
    • Alice lives in an Alternate Universe where human reproduction works differently.
    • Alice has been taking extended-use birth control pills (or is always skipping the placebo week with regular ones), so that she doesn't have periods.
    • Alice has some kind of hormonal problem (such as polycystic ovary syndrome, for example) that prevents ovulation and periods.
    • Alice was assigned male at birth and, as a result, does not have a uterus.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice goes for several months without menstruating, only to discover that it's because she's pregnant.
    • A visit to the doctor confirms a hormonal imbalance.
    • Alice wasn't born with the necessary gear.
    • Alice is ill.
    • Alice is not exactly a human.
    • Alice is too old to menstruate.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The pregnancy is ectopic and she requires a hysterectomy, preventing her from ever having a period again.
    • The hormones involved shouldn't be affecting her periods.
    • None of the women in the setting menstruate.
  • Parodied: No waste ever comes out of a woman. Not even carbon dioxide.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice never seems to menstruate, but then it is discovered she's pregnant. Yet even after giving birth she still doesn't, with her childhood friend Beth revealing they're a Human Subspecies possessing Bizarre Human Biology- But...
  • Averted: Alice gets her period once a month.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "You know," said Bob to Alice, "of all the lame excuses you've used as to why you don't want to sleep with me, your period has never been one of them."
  • Invoked:
    • Alice becomes an adventurer in the hope it'll make her periods stop.
    • Alice has a hysterectomy, or starts taking the Pill and always skips the placebo week so she won't have any more periods.
  • Exploited: Beth, in a Love Triangle with Bob at the center, convinces him Alice is pregnant with another man's child given her lack of periods.
  • Defied: Alice pretends she's trying to get pregnant so she has an excuse to talk about her periods.
  • Discussed: "If this were a movie, I'd probably be doing something productive right now instead of curling up in a little ball of cramp-induced self-pity," moans Alice.
  • Conversed: "Hey, ever notice how female characters like Alice never seem to keep a box of tampons in their inventories?"
  • Plotted A Good Waste:
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice feels like she's not a real woman because she can't menstruate, causing her to go to extreme lengths to "prove" her womanhood.
    • The fact Alice has never menstruated yet suffers no reproductive issues makes her a genetic marvel, with scientists trying to steal her biological samples to become the historical inventor of a "Period Cure"- Thus massive amounts of sabotage, delaying progress.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice lives in the future, where Applied Phlebotinum allows women to safely turn their menstrual cycles on and off at will.
    • Becoming extremely famous for never menstruating, Alice freely assists scientific research in trying to create a gene mod from herself- Thus no need for sabotage since she only cares about helping her fellow women.
  • Played For Laughs: Pads and tampons exist, but nobody has any idea about what they're used for.

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