11 Relationship Struggles You Should Never Be Embarrassed About

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If you've ever imagined your ideal relationship, you've probably pictured it looking, well, pretty perfect. When we idealize and fantasize we don't see the miscommunications, disagreements, or compromises. We don't imagine stress. When we get into an actual relationship and first experience that conflict, it can almost feel like a sign that something is wrong. But the truth is, relationship struggles are common.

"We all know that arguments and conflicts are a natural part of every relationship in our lives,” Heidi McBain, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Life Transitions: Personal Stories of Hope Through Life’s Most Difficult Challenges and Changes, tells Bustle. “However, what is even more important is how we deal with these issues when they show up in our relationships, because they will come up at some point for all of us.”

If you're feeling like you're really struggling in your relationship, there is a very good chance other people have been through the same thing. While some things are not acceptable — like abuse or manipulation —plenty of struggles that come up in a relationship don't have to spell out the end. You should feel OK to talk about them, vent about them, and to own up to them.

Here are 11 relationship struggles that you should never feel embarrassed about, according to experts.