The joys of womanhood - the cramps, the bloating, the mood swings, and of course, the monthly visit from Aunt Flo. It's a time of the month that many women dread, but unfortunately, it's a necessary evil. However, what some people fail to realise is that it's not just us who suffers during this time - our partner is also in for a bumpy ride.
So, guys, I get it. It's not easy being with someone who's going through a hormonal storm every month. You might feel like you're walking on eggshells, never knowing when your partner's going to snap at you or burst into tears for no reason.
If you're a man who's looking for some guidance on how to support your significant other during this time, you've come to the right place. Let's get cracking on some tips to help you and your partner ride out the menstrual cramp wave as a team!
1. Be understanding
The first step to being a supportive partner is to be understanding. Your partner is going through a lot of physical and emotional changes during this time, so be patient and empathetic. Don't dismiss her pain or tell her to "just tough it out". Instead, offer a listening ear and ask her what you can do to help.
2. Offer comfort
Sometimes, all your partner needs is a little bit of comfort. Offer to bring her a heating pad or a hot water bottle to ease her cramps. Rub her back or her feet to help her relax. And if she wants to curl up on the couch with a box of chocolates and binge-watch her favourite show, let her.
3. Be prepared
It's always a good idea to be prepared for your partner's period. Keep a stock of painkillers, pads or tampons, and chocolate on hand so you're not caught off guard. And if you're out and about, be sure to carry a spare pad or tampon in your bag - you never know when your partner might need it.
4. Take over some household chores
During this time, your partner may not have the energy or motivation to do her usual household chores. Offer to take over some of her tasks, like doing the laundry or cooking dinner. It will go a long way in helping her feel less overwhelmed.
5. Be flexible
Finally, be flexible. Your partner's menstrual cycle may not always be predictable, and her symptoms may vary from month to month. Be willing to adjust your plans if needed, and don't get frustrated if things don't go as planned. Remember, your partner's health and well-being are more important than any plans you may have.
By now, you should already know that being in a relationship during your partner's menstrual cycle can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride. But hey, you signed up for this, so let's make the most of it! It's time to put on your supportive partner hat, because it's all about teamwork from here on out. By being understanding, patient, and empathetic, you'll be well on your way to being a menstrual cycle MVP.
And let's not forget the perks - once you can anticipate your partner's needs during their period, you'll be a certified superhero. Move over, Batman.