Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy

There's Now A Period-Themed Board Game With Cards Like 'Oops, You Leaked'


Somewhere in the middle of the horror film “The Shining,” there's a scene that's still unforgettable.

The elevator doors open in the Overlook Lodge, and a sea of blood comes rushing out. It hits the camera and, at that point, I always decide it's about time to get up and get a snack.

As disgusting as the scene is, that's a lot like how I remember feeling the day my Catholic school teacher taught us about menstruation.

There was a vague sense of panic, a suspension of disbelief (You can bleed for weeks and not die?) and above all, a sense that I needed to get something salty to munch on.

Little did I know, "something salty" would become the unofficial slogan of my period.

To teach kids about menstruating in a way that's less scary than a nun pointing a ruler at you, designers Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy (nope, not that Ryan Murphy) created The Period Game.

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy

The pink and red board game takes the menstrual cycle and turns it into a competition, complete with an oversized-uterus game piece and cards for tampons, menstrual cups and PMS.

According to the website, part of the game's aim is to teach middle schoolers you don't have to be afraid of words like "ovary" and "period."

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy

Plus, it includes a "Wait, really?" booklet to explain the real-life versions of everything found in the game.

Actions include taking a hot bath, packing an extra pair of undies (that'll keep you from skipping your turn) and even accidentally leaking. That last one is the realest part of the game, as any uterus-owner knows too well.

Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy

Itching to get out your wallet and support your fellow ovary-owners? Well, you'll have to wait. Murphy and Gilsanz are currently still on the hunt for a teammate to take their game from prototype to store shelves.

Until then, happy bleeding!