Being a woman is wonderful. There is so much to celebrate and be proud of, but periods do not fall into that category.

Expensive and awkward, we wish they would just take a hike, particularly when accidents happen.


One woman's time of the month has caused her a lot of bother, so much so that she took to Reddit to share her problem:

Jake and I have been close friends for about three years. Our relationship is completely platonic. Jake is gay.

Six months ago Jake and I went out for a night on the town. He offered me his couch to crash on for the night so I could sober up before driving home in the morning. I thanked him for the offer and I crashed.

Eight a.m. arrives and I get a frantic call from my friend who's crying incomprehensibly over the phone. I'm pretty concerned so I shoot Jake a quick text saying that I needed to rush out of his apartment, but thanks again for letting me stay over. I hop in my car, drive over to my friend Hannah's place. It turns out that she has had a messy fight with her boyfriend and they've just broken up, so I just hang out with Hannah for a bit and comfort her.

So far, so good. But things soon take a turn for the worse:

Then I go to the bathroom after feeling "off." It turns out my period's come a week early, and my underwear had a bit of blood on it. I sheepishly tell Hannah what just happened, she laughs and hands me a tampon.

So maybe it should have occurred to me to ask, "Jake, did I leave any stains on your couch?" at this point. It didn't, because I was too focused on Hannah.

But LUCKILY for me, about an hour later Jake sends me a stunning barrage of texts calling me disrespectful and disgusting for bleeding on his couch and not telling him. I obviously had no idea.

So what do I do? Take responsibility for bleeding, offer to clean the couch or pay for its cleaning or even to replace the entire couch itself, apologise, and tell him I just hadn't realised I had bled on it because I hadn't even anticipated my period coming early. Jake never responds.


And this is where the situation really spirals out of control:

Jake tells a bevy of our mutual friends that he wants to end our friendship with me because of "my disrespectful actions." He shows them the texts he sent me. According to my mutual friends, what they told him upon seeing the texts was something like "Jake, we actually can't believe you would send that to her....she obviously didn't do it on purpose."

Jake apparently got huffy with them and said, "Really? You think I'm being irrational here?" I think, maybe my girlfriends are being overly sympathetic because they're women. I want to understand why Jake would be so upset. I tell my boyfriend and his friends what happened. They are also all aghast and think Jake is crazy.


Despite sending ten "apologetic texts", Jake still wouldn't acknowledge her. And even six months later, the woman is still blocked by Jake on social media.

If we're being honest, it sounds like this friendship was destined to end at some point, and that Jake was just looking for an excuse.

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Abby Robinson

Abby is a writer for Pretty 52. She's an animation enthusiast, daydreams about roaming the wild with all her animal friends, and is failing to conquer her trainer addiction.

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