Relationships

Light bondage adds variety to relationship

My girlfriend likes to engage in a little light bondage, tying me up and blindfolding me, etc. 

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Will having sex restore my reduced libido?

I am 47 and have sex with my husband a couple of times a month, but recently my libido has benn diminishing. 

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How to affair-proof your marriage

There are many ways to cheat on your partner. But paying attention to your relationship can help you avoid falling into the affair trap, says Áilín Quinlan.

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Variety isn’t always the spice of (sex)life

My boyfriend and I are fairly adventurous in bed — but always in the same way.

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My girlfriend touches herself, not me

In bed, my girlfriend is more concerned with touching herself than with touching me. Sometimes it’s sexy, but most of the time I feel like I’m quite incidental to the whole situation.

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Dating for the over 50s

With romance in the air at the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, Margaret Jennings discovers that finding someone special is still a goal for many over 50.

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Book: Dating after 50

Don’t take the title to heart — it’s not suggesting that you haven’t a clue about human relationships; it’s just another in the educational ‘dummies’ book series!

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Is porn to blame for quickie sex habit?

Q: My boyfriend and I only ever have quickies. We’re both in our early 20s. 

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Sex advice: ’I don’t want to dominate my boyfriend’

I want my boyfriend to take charge in the bedroom.

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Why can’t I enjoy sex like everyone else?

I’m 38 and I’m in a good relationship. We have regular sex, but to me it feels like a box to tick rather than anything else.

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Taking care is key to dealing with herpes

Q. My new girlfriend (she’s 31) has just told me that she has herpes. 

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Sex advice: Talking will lead to more touching

Q. My girlfriend is a really great and generous person, but she is lazy in bed, and barely ever bothers with foreplay.

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When I’m stressed I don’t want to have sex

Whenever I am stressed, it is difficult for me to have sex. My body shuts down, and sex becomes painful.

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I fantasise about my partner’s friends

When I have sex with my partner I frequently draw on fantasies to help me get turned on.

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What's stopping single men from committing to relationships?

Nearly half of men aged 30-39 are single but 90% want to be in a relationship. So what’s stopping them?

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Morning sex means I am late for work

My boyfriend and I have different schedules with regards to sex.

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Reckless romance is a risky business

Summer sunshine can bring out our sexy side but may lead us to take fewer precautions, leading to crisis pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, which are on the rise.

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Therapy is no magic wand for relatioships

My husband and I have had some money and job worries recently, and our sex life has suffered.

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How do I make my girlfriend comfortable with using a vibrator?

Q: I would like to experiment by using a vibrator with my girlfriend.

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Affair with married woman is best sex ever

I’m a 30-year-old single male and I have been having an affair with a married woman, aged 32.

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My wife has put on weight and it’s turning me off sex

* My new wife and I moved abroad about a year ago to France — she has since put on nearly two stone.

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We need to stop blaming others and be responsible for our own reactions

WHEN agony aunt Sally Brampton started her Sunday Times column eight years ago, she got a lot of people’s backs up with her suggestion that we are responsible for our own behaviour.

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Sexism in the City out on the streets

While the blatant chauvinism of the Mad Man era may appear to be over, women are still subjected to sexual comments and harassment in their daily lives.

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My girlfriend never takes the time to initiate sex with me

* My girlfriend never initiates sex. As I have a higher sex drive than her, she doesn’t need to work very hard to get my attention, which means that she never initiates sex or tries to seduce me.

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Confidence code for high achievers

Talented women can reach the top by changing their ingrained negative thought patterns and behaviours, but they risk being called bossy. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Reducing alcohol intake will help improve your sex life

* My husband and I just did "Dry January", and after the second week the sex was amazing.

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I just want sex, nothing more, from the guy I am dating

* I am single, but dating someone. I think he’s great, but I’m not interested in a relationship at the moment, just sex.

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I want to improve my sexual energy without using Viagra

Q. I am 55 and have recently noticed a slowing down in my libido and performance.

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Pop-up porn

WE’RE notorious for alcoholism, but we Irish are also becoming addicted to sex, fuelled primarily by online porn, which is easily accessed by smartphones.

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Always the bridesmaid never the bride

Being a bridesmaid is quite an honour, but not everybody is up for the job.

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He says he’s attracted to me but he keeps losing his erection

* I have started going out with a guy I really like. We’re in our early 30s.

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