In the beginning, relationships can be tricky. Once you find someone you really like, you don’t want to mess it up by doing something embarrassing in front of them like spilling your drink or falling on your face or, you know, farting. New research, however, shows that farting in front of your significant other might mean love, or at least make your relationship stronger.

The study, which was conducted by Mic, analyzed more than 125 people between the ages of 20 and 39. When asked if they thought it was okay to pass gas in front of their romantic partners, some answered that they let it happen from the very beginning, while others said they held it in for a few months.

More specifically, 29 percent waited anywhere from two to six months before they farted openly in front of their partners. Another 25 percent waited until they’d been together with their partners for up to a year before letting one rip. Another 22 percent had said “idgaf” and farted freely from the very beginning. Only a very small seven percent said they’d never.

Interestingly, many respondents stated that they wouldn’t fart in front of their partners until they hit other major milestones, like spending the night together or dropping the “L” word. A total of 18.6 percent of people waited until their partners farted first and seven percent wanted their partners to say “I love you” before they felt comfortable farting in their presence.

According to clinical therapist Robert Huizenga, if you fart in front of your partner, your relationship is probably pretty strong and stable.

“Farting in front of your significant other means you feel free to move beyond your roles,” he said. “You may even find yourselves discussing family roles and expectations that you bring to each other. You need not carry the burden of continually being prim and proper.”

So, pretty much, if you’re ready to be serious with a girl, let it rip. If you’re not ready to be serious, and she’s farting up a storm, you might want to get out for more reasons than one.

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