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Supporting a partner experiencing PMS or PMDD

Five tips for supporting a partner experiencing PMS or PMDD

Published on
28 Oct

Whether it’s mild or severe, managing Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) can leave a person feeling tired, grumpy and emotionally drained. In a survey of more than 4,000 people, over one-third described PMS as having a moderate-to-severe impact on their everyday life.

It’s no surprise that a monthly rollercoaster of symptoms can also take a toll on our relationships. Nearly half of people with PMS/PMDD report that the conditions impact their socialising and relationships. This includes feeling less satisfied with their relationships during the lead-up to a period and enjoying fewer positive experiences together. 

The same goes for our partners. People who are in a relationship with someone experiencing PMS or PMDD also report feeling less satisfaction in their relationships, compared with couples whereby neither partner experiences PMS/PMDD. The first step to helping improve our experiences with PMS and PMDD, whether we’re the person with the condition, or the person dating them, is understanding. Here are our five top tips for supporting your relationship when PMS or PMDD is involved.

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