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Chances are your partner suffers with this chronic condition — but isn’t telling you

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It could be negatively impacting your relationship… (Picture: Getty Images)

In relationships, we all know that honesty is the best policy, but it seems a number of women aren’t being completely open with their partner.

As such, a very common condition might be causing problems in your relationship, without you even realising, as your signficant other could be suffering in silence.

New research by Bupa Health Clinics has revealed that a whopping 79% of women who menstruate say that their heavy or painful periods (dysmenorrhoea) are having a negative impact on their relationships.

More than half (63%) admit they argue with others as a result of their painful periods, while 59% said they are snappy and 52% claim they find their partner more irritating during this time.

Despite the struggles, 81% of women still don’t tell their partner — or friends or family — about their painful periods.

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Many women are suffering in silence. (Picture: Getty Images)

Just how painful can these be? Well, for those that may not be aware, a doctor and professor of Reproductive Health at University College London previously confirmed that menstrual cramps can, in fact, be nearly ‘as painful as a heart attack’.

Yet many women continue to stay silent.

But its not just their physical health that is a concern here, as they are also putting thier mental health at risk, with more than half of women left feeling anxious or depressed because of their period.

Even more worryingly, nearly one in seven (14%) say painful, heavy, or irregular periods have made them feel suicidal at some point.

As such, experts are urging women to talk to their nearest and dearest about thier symptoms, as well as seeking medical help for their symptoms if necessary.



Dr Simic’s tips for managing relationships while dealing with painful periods:

1. Always try to communicate how you’re feeling.

2. Think about what you need and ask for it. For example, if you need comfort, ask for a hug or take some time for yourself if you need space and alone time.

3. If you know when you’re expecting your period, explain to those around you that you may act differently, overreact or be more emotional about little things. Some period tracker apps allow you to share your cycle with others so they can see where you are in your cycle and be supportive without having to ‘talk about it’ every month.

4. Keep track of your symptoms. This not only helps you to understand what might be happening and how it can impact the way you feel and behave, but it can also help if you need to seek medical support.

5. Seek medical help — and ask a loved one to accompany you if you’d like their support during your appointment.

Dr Petra Simic, Medical Director at Bupa Health Clinics says: ‘Many women are suffering in silence and carrying the physical and emotional burden alone. That’s why it is important for us to break the taboo when it comes to women’s health and encourage more women to talk about their experiences. 

‘If women are suffering from symptoms that impact their daily life or feel like it’s taking a toll on their mental health, they should speak to a healthcare professional who can help to assess what’s going on and determine whether further investigations are needed.’

Olympian Montell Douglass is no stranger to hiding her painful periods and hopes that speaking out about her own experiences might help other women seek the assistance they so desparately need.

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‘I have suffered from severe period symptoms since I was a teenager and that, inevitably, has had a big impact on my life and relationships — whether that’s with family, friends or professionally,’ she said.

‘Like many women, over the years I have found that my periods not only cause debilitating pain but can have a really negative impact on my emotional and mental state, leaving me feeling more irritable, anxious and easily overwhelmed.

‘At times I have felt the need to mask how I was feeling but that often made things worse. Communication has been key for me. That’s why I’m encouraging other women to talk about their experiences so they can get the right support from those around them and feel more understood.’

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