7 Things Relationship Experts Want You To Know If You've Cheated On A Partner

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In any romantic relationship, one the most common fears is a partner being unfaithful. But if you've cheated on your partner, it can be hard to know what to do next. Do you tell them? Do you tell future partners that you have a history of being unfaithful? How can you prevent this from happening again? According to experts, there are some surprising things you should know about cheating.

If you've cheated on your partner, you might think that the relationship is over. But this isn't necessarily the case. "While an affair may be a deal breaker for some relationships, others can work through the crisis and use it as an inflection point where changes can be made," Dr. Dana Dorfman, PhD, a psychotherapist and co-host of the podcast 2 Moms on the Couch, tells Bustle. "With a lot of emotional work, examination, self-reflection (individually and as a couple) a relationship may withstand this betrayal." Surprisingly, though, whether you and your partner decide to part ways after infidelity or not, both of you may want to get counseling. "I strongly encourage each member of the dyad to seek individual therapy," Dorfman says.

Here are some things you should know if you've cheated, according to experts.