We're learning all our lives. But some things and experiences teach us more than others.

A month ago, Reddit user Artudetan posted a question on r/AskMen that read, "What did you not know or realize until after living with a woman?" Turns out, a lot!

From "the good bra" to doing the dishes, the post has already received over 14,000 answers and judging from them, getting a roommate can be quite educational!

#1

Living-With-Woman-Draft Fine, I'll say it.

I always thought that pads operated like Band-aids and they'd just slap em over their vaginas and absorb everything. It wasn't until I was... 27? When my girlfriend at the time had some as a backup in case she ran out of tampons and I opened it and looked. The adhesive was on the wrong side for my version of how they worked, and it dawned on me that they're supposed to be stuck to their panties, not their vaginas. I only regret telling her of that revelation, because she laughed until she cried and then called her mom to tell her about it.

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Francis
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1 month ago

:'D i am cry laughing right now xD this is great

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#2

Living-With-Woman-Draft When you’re having a really tough day, she unexpectedly comes home and surprises you with a bottle of your favorite drink, homemade cookies and a dinner you love. And then she cuddles with you while you vent about your now not so crappy day. And you realize what it’s like to actually have someone support you.

And you find yourself wanting to make sure the toilet seat is down, smiling when you can never find anything in the kitchen, rolling with it when the living room turns into a 12 stage laundry OCD deployment zone, and you laugh when you trip over her shoes that are now tangled in a knot of hair bigger than the dog.

Because your house/apartment is no longer a place you live at, it’s now your home. And it’s safe to be the real you, not the show you put on when you were dating.

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Francis
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1 month ago

Awwwrr sweet :)

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#3

Living-With-Woman-Draft That she owns only one truly GOOD BRA. There is only one and part of your duty as a man is to protect The Good Bra. If you are doing laundry, you must take the greatest of precautions to make sure it is properly cleaned, dried, and stored. God forbid The Good Bra ever turn up missing or in the wrong drawer.

Ladies, why is there only one GOOD BRA?

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Yes. Yes, there is. The one and only! ♡ Because, a product, to be mass-produced, it needs to be built within certain norms and patterns, but each woman has different breasts. As a result, it's difficult to find the perfect one, but once you do find it, it becomes precioussssss. Not to mention, these things aren't cheap either. (Waiting for replies of the ladies whose boobs need no support. Respect to you, sisters, but see... just because I don't need braces, I'm not protesting against the dentist industry.)

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#4

Living-With-Woman-Draft I was raised by a woman, so none of it was new to me, except:

Period Panties.

I wasn't shocked or disgusted by it because I wasn't a 12-year-old; it was just like, "Huh. Yeah, I guess I'd have a separate selection of underwear to use when I'm menstruating, too. Why the Hell would I ruin all of my sexy underwear?".

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Daria B
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1 month ago

Exactly!

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#5

Living-With-Woman-Draft I learned that bathroom can smell like soap and flowers and coconut instead of like pee.

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Francis
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1 month ago

How the f did you live until you met your so? :D

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#6

Living-With-Woman-Draft Apparently showering and washing your hair are separate events.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Yup, I don't wash my hair every time I have a shower.

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#7

Living-With-Woman-Draft If you leave something on the kitchen counter, it will get put/thrown away. If she leaves something on the kitchen counter, that's where it goes now.

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I I
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1 month ago

yep , when i cook my wife "tidies up" around me , only thing is i still need the things she's putting in the dishwasher

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#8

"Period s**ts."

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Francis
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1 month ago

This needs tobbe higher :D

Lady Laura
Community Member
1 month ago

Ahhhh hahahhahahah! Yes, it does. This is a real thing

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OhBlahDi OhBlahDa
Community Member
1 month ago

It's actually a very cleansing feeling though. At the end of one you feel like you've thoroughly cleaned out your intestinal pipes; so satisfying. I know... TMI.

BabyBooby
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1 month ago

Such good true and informative TMI tho🤣🤣😂🤩

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't even know it was a common thing until I was into adult hood. I thought it was just me.

Alexis Draskinis
Community Member
1 month ago

I actually googled this & found out that its a real thing! I get it occasionally & definitely realized i always kinda feel like i have to poop while on my period. Apparently its because your lower organs are all so close together your cramps/contractions can stimulate them. Like its close enough to your colon that your cramps can give it the same sensation it gets when it tells your body it has to go. Honestly, i think its kinda weird & funny that my cramps can trick my body into pooping! Lol!

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Jade Lynn - Panda's Brat
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1 month ago

Yes! This should be told to all of the men who make the stupid joke about when a woman is on her period, its time for the "backdoor" sex!

Cynner
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my, how about period farts? Mine are terrible!

Philippa Davies
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm with you on this 👍

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Scorpio Maurus
Community Member
1 month ago

Umm... I'm a woman and I have no clue what this is referring to, considering that I've been having mine for 30 years I feel like I should know but I don't.

Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people get diarrhea on their period, some people get constipated, some folks just have really awful smelling poop for teh first couple of days. You may be one of the lucky ones.

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Happy Panda
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1 month ago

Oof. These but with endometriosis = hell. The endometriosis had attached to my colon so when I'd "go" it was like being stabbed with a rusty knife. Gotta tell y'all, having a hysterectomy was the best thing that ever happened to me!

columbokateUK
Community Member
1 month ago

They still surprise me every month, and I'm female 😄

Ashbug
Community Member
1 month ago

And period farts uggggh

Seedy Vine
Community Member
1 month ago

...Or the lack thereof! (constipation)

Tarryn Louise
Community Member
1 month ago

It's the same as a grog bog tbh. So if you are a guy, who has gone out drinking and the next day you have your hang over feed of deep fried glory... then the first bog you have that day is like an explosion leaving you feeling vulnerable and empty for about 3 seconds with a massive deep sigh.... THAT is what a period sh*t feels like.

Ross Keim
Community Member
1 month ago

My God, does that really happen to most people that drink? Lucky me I guess lol

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Rae of sun
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1 month ago

I'm dyingggg this is such a thing !!!

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 month ago

Shits or sheets?

Madadh Sweeney
Community Member
1 month ago

lol - Wait until she's pregnant.

Tinykame
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm 43/f and TIL ☝🏼

Nora
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too! I'm also 43/f and I have never in my life heard of this! I'm still not entirely sure what we're talking about here....

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InfectedVoice
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1 month ago

I feel bad for my wife when she is cramping, she doesn't dare to fart sometimes, it's a gamble she may lose.

Holly Allen
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah they're bad

Sam rice
Community Member
1 month ago

Dude. Period farts.

ShesHANGRY
Community Member
1 month ago

I laughed so hard 🤣😂🤣 period farts yes but shits??? Lol

Teresa Thomas
Community Member
1 month ago

Ohmygod they are AWFUL

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Dalynda Lynch
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3 weeks ago

I always knew when my period was just about over! Yes, needs to be higher LOL

Wendy Summers
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Omg the bane of my existence. You shouldn't be allowed to sh!t on your period. PERIOD!!

DotC
Community Member
1 month ago

There’s a compound that I call “look out below”: “ Prostaglandins cause contractions that help your uterus shed its lining. Sometimes, they also cause contractions in your intestines, which can cause a range of GI symptoms, including diarrhea.”

Pedro
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyday is a school day...

Stacy s
Community Member
1 month ago

My boyfriend didn't know either. I have bad bad pms and sometimes i call in sick to work. When he asked why, i gave him my list of what happens. He was shocked.

Bitemabum
Community Member
1 month ago

And sharts!!

Bob Bobbins
Community Member
1 month ago

Do I want to know what this is? Nah, I'll remain ignorant of this one.

Brittany
Community Member
1 month ago

Rotfctfu

Iapetos
Community Member
1 month ago

We have thinner blood when menstruating, resulting in a ton of things, which diarrhea can be part of.

Giovanna
Community Member
1 month ago

I dont think that's the reason...

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Sami
Community Member
1 month ago

Omg. I laughed out loud at this one!!!

Synsepalum
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh, the worst

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
1 month ago

Lived with my ex 10 years and never heard that. Literally, ever heard a fart coming from her.

Brittany
Community Member
1 month ago

She's living a double life!

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Brittany
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes period shits are a really thing. I get them too and it's awful if you're not using a tampon.

Cooky Puss
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't like the chunky periods....... I don't like making ground beef

Rainy Day Wolf
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1 month ago

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wow... reading the comments to understand this one... I didn't know about this... I'm vegetarian, and ever since I don't get much pain... so I'm just gonna assume that's why I don't have these other issues idk...

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#9

Living-With-Woman-Draft Pockets are very rare for women's pants. Several years married and still shocked by this.

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Thomas Price
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1 month ago

I didn’t realise this until my now wife showed me the pockets she had in her wedding dress. She was so excited.

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#10

Living-With-Woman-Draft What home feels like.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Aw! Sweet ^-^

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#11

When you’re done showering, you’re supposed to stay on the bath mat while you dry off, not walk around the apartment

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DKS 001
Community Member
1 month ago

I dry off in the shower so there are no wet foot prints outside the shower

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#12

They fart just as much as men.

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Vihra Stancheva
Community Member
1 month ago

We are humans. And no... we don't fart rainbows:))

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#13

Living-With-Woman-Draft Apparently, cleaning the toilet on the regular is much, much more important than I'd previously thought.

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Ripley
Community Member
1 month ago

Or . . . you know . . . ever

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#14

Living-With-Woman-Draft Just how expensive and shoddy brands for women are.

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Scagsy
Community Member
1 month ago

My wife always says 'Don't buy the pink razors, get the yellow ones please'.

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#15

Living-With-Woman-Draft How nice house plants are. Now I have all kinds of plants and my place feels so much more nice and relaxing.

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago

I totally agree! I have sooo many houseplants in my house

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#16

Living-With-Woman-Draft There is a wrong way to hang clothes to dry.

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! My bf had to hang the laundry last week.. he tried. And failed xD had to rehang everything LOL

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#17

If they leave stuff at the bottom of the stairs, that means you’re supposed to bring it up. If it’s at the top of the stairs, you should bring it down. Also, the correct place for objects in the kitchen is where they currently reside. Stuff is gonna move around constantly, just roll with it.

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Linda van der Pal
Community Member
1 month ago

I do leave stuff on the stairs, but that's for whoever goes up first to bring along (and yes, that definitely includes myself)

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#18

Living-With-Woman-Draft They have a really weird obsession with glass containers or jars.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Mine obsession can be any kind of storage including shoe boxes, takeaway containers etc.

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#19

Living-With-Woman-Draft Hair ties actually disappear faster than MIA socks. Until you find 20 in a kitchen drawer.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Still looking for that drawer!

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#20

Living-With-Woman-Draft No matter how many bobby pins are in the house, there is always a need for more.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

And hairties.buy a pack and you'll have heaps for a few weeks, then back to one somehow.

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#21

Living-With-Woman-Draft Women are both simultaneously messier and cleaner than men. It’s bizarre how messy rooms can get with them and how quickly they can turn it around and make it clean!

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Nerdlife
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a superpower

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#22

One corner of the shower will become a "graveyard" for bottles of shampoo, conditioner, all sorts of stuff.

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LuckyL
Community Member
1 month ago

So true

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#23

Living-With-Woman-Draft An innocent cleaning excursion in the right circumstances will lead to a full-on reorganization of all the dang furniture in the house, if you're not careful.

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Nerdlife
Community Member
1 month ago

😂😂😂😂 I didn't realize until now that I do this very often

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#24

Living-With-Woman-Draft The hair that gets stuck in the shower drain. OMG.

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LuckyL
Community Member
1 month ago

The hair is everywhere!!!

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#25

Living-With-Woman-Draft You find out the amount of food that a refrigerator can really hold.

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Brendan
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought that a full fridge was more of a 'male' thing. It is for me and my two boys, anyway.

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#26

Living-With-Woman-Draft Fancy makeup takes a long time.

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 month ago

Well yes its fancy so you gotta put in every detail!

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#27

Living-With-Woman-Draft You’ve been doing laundry wrong your whole life.

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Nerdlife
Community Member
1 month ago

Now I am intrigued and curious to know what you did to find this out!

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#28

Living-With-Woman-Draft I never realised that she'd start wearing my clothes. T-shirts, sweaters, not even my damn underwear is mine any more!

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Thomas Price
Community Member
1 month ago

Start wearing her clothes and tell her it’s an equal partnership

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#29

Turns out RuPaul’s drag race is a great show

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I I
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1 month ago

and its NOT drag CAR race

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#30

Living-With-Woman-Draft I load the dishwasher so inefficiently, I'm no longer allowed to load it at all.

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A Bringhurst
Community Member
1 month ago

Worked out for you, didn’t it?

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#31

Living-With-Woman-Draft I have freaked out too many times at what I thought was a 52-legged spider clinging to my bathroom wall.

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

You do this so you don't need to unclog your shower weekly. But you don't leave it on the wall, it should be binned before you leave the bathroom

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#32

Living-With-Woman-Draft That there can never be enough throws/blankets/cushions.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes there can. I am not a fan of throws and cushions. Not my thing.

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#33

Living-With-Woman-Draft That moisturizer goes on the body too.

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Dark Pigeon
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1 month ago

Well yes, the lotion or moisturizer goes on the skin. Or you get the hoze again

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#34

Strange new foods will appear in the cupboard and the fridge. This is actually good, you will get to try new things.

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Marianne
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1 month ago

That's true for any new person in your house, not just women. :)

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#35

Living-With-Woman-Draft The wardrobe in your bedroom that you agreed to share 50/50? Just like the bathroom, in a few years it will be 90/10.

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LuckyL
Community Member
1 month ago

Because we just neeeeeed more space

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#36

Living-With-Woman-Draft There is an incorrect place for hand soap on the sink.

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Nerdlife
Community Member
1 month ago

Really?

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#37

No matter how much you vacuum or sweep the floor, there will ALWAYS be hair in the floor.

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Karen Joy Nesheim
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1 month ago

Try owning a cat! 🤣

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#38

Living-With-Woman-Draft To get rid of bangs you don't just cut them off.

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Mary Veltri
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1 month ago

Imagine! Lol

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#39

Living-With-Woman-Draft When long, loose head hairs wash off in the shower, it's common practice to stick them to the wall rather than let them collect in the drain.

If she forgets to remove them afterwards, it can be very confusing for the next person in the shower. Why are there a bunch of individual strands of hair deliberately stuck to the wall?

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Materyst
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a long haired woman and have never heard of this

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#40

Living-With-Woman-Draft They're not nearly as neat and tidy as they want you to believe.

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Jessica Aubé
Community Member
1 month ago

Ya so ... let’s not generalize woman ... some woman are clean freaks others are in the middle and others are the opposite ... this is not a female trait .. this is a human being trait ... please stop putting woman in charge of cleaning and making them feel like if they don’t keep their house spotless there’s something wrong with them

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