Mad Lib: How Does Menstruation Work?

Mad Lib: How Does Menstruation Work?

Ask a friend for words to fill in the blanks. No matter how much you fuck it up, you’ll still receive a better menstrual education than anyone born before 1970.


Menstruation is the regular discharge of (LIQUID) and (NOUN) from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. It is often a (ADJECTIVE) experience, and side effects include acne, tender (BODY PART)s, bloating, feelings of (EMOTION), irritability, and mood changes.

Periods are caused by a series of (ADJECTIVE) changes in hormone production, and the structures of the (BODY PART) and (BODY PART). The ovarian cycle controls the production and release of (NOUN), and the cyclic release of (LIQUID) and (CHEMICAL) by the body. 

Menstruation is a totally (ADJECTIVE) experience and a sign that pregnancy has not occurred. Symptoms in advance of menstruation that interfere with (ADJECTIVE) life are called premenstrual syndrome [PMS], and are normal. About 3–8% of people report experiencing extra (ADJECTIVE) symptoms, which is abnormal, and can be a sign of something severe such as (PAINFUL EXPERIENCE). 

The most common treatment for menstrual cramps is taking (DRUG). (SAME DRUG) can be used to reduce moderate to severe pain, but about one in five people do not respond to (SAME DRUG) and require alternative therapy, such as (ANOTHER DRUG) or using a (SOMETHING THAT YOU HOLD).

Menstrual fluid is the correct name for the discharge, although many people prefer to refer to it as menstrual (LIQUID). The average volume of menstrual fluid during a monthly menstrual period is (NUMBER) millilitres, though it can be higher or lower. Menstrual fluid is (COLOUR), a slightly darker colour than blood from the (BODY PART), and is only half blood by volume. The rest of the material is tissue sourced from the inside of the (BODY PART). 

Sexual feelings and behaviours change during the menstrual cycle, with some people reporting that period sex is more (ADJECTIVE), and that the orgasms are more (EMOTION). Before and during ovulation, high levels of (CHEMICAL) in the body result in a relatively increased interest in sexual activity.

Menstruation is often a taboo subject, but hopefully this informative guide will help spread the truth about this (ADJECTIVE) phenomenon.

This article first appeared in Issue 12, 2021.
Posted 12:33am Monday 24th May 2021 by Fox Meyer.