Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: 6 Tips to Help You and Your Partner Deal
Posted byMartha Garcia
You’re on edge, a bit agitated and dealing with abnormal uterine bleeding. Your boyfriend is complaining again (politely; he’s a patient guy.) that you’re moody, and he wants to know what he can do to make things right. This scene seems all too familiar to many women who deal with side effects of abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB).
AUB is any bleeding that differs from your normal cycle — whether in amount, how often, timing (such as between your regular periods) or after menopause. Check out these six tips to help you and your partner address heavy bleeding and how you can support each other during that time of the month and beyond.
1. Bring It Up
Your partner doesn’t know what’s going on if you don’t tell him. AUB has a number of causes, ranging from fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, cancer, and the use of some birth control methods, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).1 Don’t expect your man to know all this. (He doesn’t have the same anatomy, after all.) Sharing the facts is key to helping him understand.
2. Share Your Feeling
Part of that first conversation should include emotions: his and yours. Share how you feel. Tell him you’re worried or scared, and explain why. Then listen to him. He may be just as concerned as you.
3. Ask for Physical Support
Physical support may mean different things to different people. What helps you feel better? Can your guy brew you a cup of tea when you’re uncomfortable? Would a heating pad help? Let him know what you can and can’t handle and give him go-to tips. Some women need a little more help around the house when they’re on their period. Once he knows what’s going on, he’ll be more than happy to pick up the slack, by say, washing the dishes when you’re stuck on the couch.
4. Give Physical Support
When you have a few days symptom-free, you can do something special for your partner. Make sure your partner feels appreciated. You can cook him dinner or let him control the TV remote for the night. Or maybe just a nice back rub to say, “thanks” for taking such good care of you when you were having a tough day.
5. Ask Him to Go to Doctor’s Appointments
When the cause of AUB is unknown, it can freak a couple out. Don’t go it alone. Ask him to attend doctor’s appointments with you and keep him in the loop with your medical decisions.
6. Remember, You’re Not Alone
Even though you may feel alone, many women experience abnormal uterine bleeding. The CDC estimates more than 10 million American women suffer from AUB each year.1 With your loved ones and medical professionals behind you, you can tackle the journey to relief.
1“Blood Disorders in Women: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. November 28, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/women/menorrhagia.html.
- Posted by Martha Garcia
- On April 13, 2017