- "She's fine. And you're an idiot for putting a blood-sensitive sensor in the bedroom of a teenage girl."
- ―Mariek Panaka
Menstruation, also known as a period, was a biological occurrence experienced by some beings on a cyclical basis, including some female humans. Menstruation could be detected by blood-sensitive sensors. Some beings, such as the Naboo Royal Handmaidens, kept absorption pads in their bathroom as an option to use during this time. Others took suppressant shots to avoid experiencing cycles. Periods could cause beings to experience pain of varying severity or cramps that could be relieved by painkillers.
Menstruation could be an unexpected occurrence, such as when Quarsh Panaka and Mariek Panaka were alerted by a security sensor in Padmé Amidala's suite within Theed Royal Palace that someone was bleeding, and discovered Saché was unaware she'd began to have a cycle. Amidala could usually anticipate her periods, but was once caught off guard by her own body while on her first tour of the agricultural provinces on Naboo. Her handmaiden Yané added this to Amidala's medical profile, and Sabé appeared as the queen until her painkillers took effect.
During the Age of the Empire, after joining Saw Gerrera's Partisans, Jyn Erso was given a talk on her own health and hygiene by fellow Partisan Idryssa Barruck, which included a discussion on menstruation.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "Thank you for always letting me take risks and then making sure I stick the landing. And for that scene where we made sure someone's going to have to add a menstruation page to Wookieepedia."
- ―E.K. Johnston thanks Jennifer Heddle in Queen's Peril
Menstruation was first depicted in the 2020 young adult novel Queen's Peril by E. K. Johnston, though its origins in Star Wars go back to Beth Revis' 2017 novel Rebel Rising. According to Johnston, Revis was asked by fellow Star Wars author Jason C. Fry to include a plot device within the book to demonstrate that Saw Gerrera was ill-equipped to parent a young Jyn Erso.
In the acknowledgments of Queen's Peril, Johnston gave praise to editor Jennifer Heddle for her work on the book, going on to thank her for helping to ensure that a page on menstruation would be created for Wookieepedia. Johnston later expressed her happiness on her Tumblr blog upon learning that an article had indeed been created. Though the word "menstruation" is used in the book's acknowledgment, it is not used within the novel itself.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Queen's Peril (First appearance, simultaneous with Queen's Peril audiobook)
- Queen's Peril audiobook (First appearance, simultaneous with Queen's Peril)
- Rebel Rising (First mentioned, simultaneous with Rebel Rising audiobook) (Indirect mention only)
- Rebel Rising audiobook (First mentioned, simultaneous with Rebel Rising) (Indirect mention only)