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This Artist Nailed What Your Period Actually Feels Like

"Riding the cotton pony."

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"I needed a way to tell the world how crappy I was feeling! I wanted to inspect, and defy, the stigmas that make me reticent to speak openly about my period and how it makes me feel," Ehsan told BuzzFeed Life.

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The illustrations, which she creates using watercolor paints and India ink, each take about two hours to complete.


"It sucks that the world thinks menstruation is too gross to exist, and that complaining about it — and, for that matter, acknowledging its existence in any way — is forbidden," Ehsan said.

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"It's disorienting to have to pretend that such an essential function of my body doesn't exist," she added.

Ehsan said she is trying to highlight the ridiculousness of the lengths we go to in order to avoid talking about menstruation.

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"Goofy euphemisms can be good for a laugh, but we should be able to tell people we're on our periods, too. Plain and simple," she told BuzzFeed Life.

You can see more of Layla Ehsan's "Menstruisms" series, head to her Instagram page @Teenywolf or check out her website.