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Relationship advice isn't one-size-fits-all, so it helps to get a range of opinions. And while we're huge fans of credentialed sex and relationship experts, sometimes you just need some real talk from women who've been there. That's why we've decided to draw from Refinery29's library of personal stories to glean some real-world advice. These are people who've been through specific romantic challenges and have come out of them wiser — and are happy to spread their newfound wisdom.
Several of them discovered unique ways to weather a breakup. Others found joy in adding a third person to their long-term relationship. And a few realized the bliss of opting not to Instagram stalk prospective dates. Whatever the story, their credentials come from blood-sweat-and-tears experience.
We've rounded up some of our favorite pieces of relationship advice from our arsenal of real-life experts. Click through for tips that will (with any luck) help you get through some common relationship challenges. And don't forget to check back, since we'll be adding new lessons regularly.