Two is really company for childless couples

Are couples who chose not to have kids happier than couples who are parents? Sharon Ni Chonchuir finds out.

Managing a successful open relationship involves laying down strict ground rules

Open relationship can have unintended consequences

* My wife of three years has suggested that we have an open relationship.

Sex is a democracy and it is never OK for a man to repeatedly impose his predilections on his partner

My boyfriend doesn’t want sex in the missionary position

* My boyfriend seems to have no interest in sex in the missionary position, or indeed any positions where we are face to face, which feels quite demeaning to me.

Sex is meant to be fun, not functional, and once you get pregnant there'll be no booze and no bikinis, so pack all the hedonism you can into the next few months

We’re trying to make a baby, but sex is not fun anymore

* My husband and I have been trying for a baby for four months, and it is stressful. I’m enjoying sex less now because it’s functional.

Hot seat: Road rage may have little to do with another motorist's driving and more to do with an earlier upsetting incident at home or at work.

It’s all the rage: Don’t lose the plot when your anger boils over

TRASHING your office computer, attacking your car or threatening a fellow motorist — YouTube is bursting with lurid examples of those who allow their rage to boil over. This story is enriched with multi-media content

Cheating is cheating, whether the person involved is gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered

My fiancé had a fling with a man but I want to make it work

* My fiancé had a one-night fling with a man just before we got engaged, which he recently told me about (we’ve been engaged for six weeks, together for three years).

Sharing household duties may lead to a couple having less hot sex.

Why a compatible marriage may not be magic between the sheets

YOU’VE got a 21st century marriage. You share household chores and childcare. You accommodate each other’s careers. This story is enriched with multi-media content

The passionate phase of a new relationship typically lasts between six months and two years tops.

I’ve met a great guy. I want to fancy him, but I don’t yet ...

¦ I’m in my mid-30s and I’ve met a great guy. I want to fancy him, because he’s brilliant and lovely and we have great rapport.


When baby makes three, spontaneity goes out the window

When you are tired and fraught, it’s easy to see sex as just another chore on an endless to-do list.

Dynamic duo: Musician Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh are obviously comfortable with their height differential.

Size really does matter when it comes to men’s height

RAISED on fairytales in which tall, dashing princes gallop to the aid of maidens in distress, women assume the perfect date must tower above them — but suppose the guy who adores you is eyeball to your shoulder?


Why is my girlfriend insecure about her big breast?

¦ My girlfriend has the most amazing breasts (which are size GG). However, she is insecure about them because they are so big, and won’t take her bra off during sex.

Lisa McHugh says it has always been her dream to be a country singer.

New wave of ambitious twenty-somethings epitomised by American Hustle star Lawrence

Successful young celebs lead the way for ambitious women. Kidadults need to get their skates on. This story is enriched with multi-media content


I’m thinking of leaving my long-term partner to play the field

If you simply want more sex, you are unlikely to achieve that goal by making yourself single.

Middle-aged men, are understandably apprehensive about using a product that interrupts flow.

Erectile dysfunction real culprit in fear of wearing condoms

¦ I’m dating again in my early fifties having divorced my wife eight months ago. I want to use condoms because protection is important.


Looking back on love

Our first relationships often fall prey to naivety and end in tears. For Valentine’s Day, Sue Leonard asks five writers to reflect on their own teen experiences.


Love seekers whisper tweet nothings and click

More of us are looking for romance online but are we at risk of missing out on the real thing, asks Deirdre Reynolds.


Since my husband’s affair I feel sex is just purely functional

Research shows that men are more likely to engage in extramarital sex if they are sexually unsatisfied in their primary relationship.

No foreplay and half an hour of eight different positions will never equate to female satisfaction.

His adventurous new sex moves are making me anxious

¦ My boyfriend of two years has recently started putting much more effort into sex, experimenting with new moves and I worry about the reason.

State affairs: French president Francois Hollande and his former partner Valerie Trierweiler at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, last September.

Not such affair deal

The implosion of French president Francois Hollande’s relationship reveals the misery of infidelity. But there is a way back if both parties are willing to travel the long road together, says Sharon Ni Chonchuir.

It's  crucial that you question your emotional and sexual compatibility, as well as your goals and expectations.

Be honest with your partner about marriage doubts

I’m 27 and have been with my boyfriend for three years.

Research shows couples who don't argue live longer.

How to manage conflict in your relationship

Learning to negotiate with your partner is an important skill.


I feel I’m missing out on fantastic sex with my husband

We all assume that sex should be spontaneous, yet planning and scheduling, is an unparalleled form of foreplay.

Marriage is a contract that is legally, socially, emotionally, physically, and financially binding.

Infrequent sex in 10 years is unhealthy and will ruin marriage

* I love my husband, but in the past ten years we have had sex only on a handful of occasions.


Do recurrent bouts of cystitis spell the end for my sex life?

¦ I suffer from recurrent cystitis. Is my sex life ruined forever?


I’m with my partner for eight years, but don’t fancy him

¦ I have been with my partner for eight years but my problem is that I don’t fancy him.


We’re married for 45 years but I’m attracted to another woman

Q. I have been married for 45 years, much of it sexless, and I am beginning to feel sorry for my wife.


Tips for winning over that dream mate

Forget your old boring resolutions of giving up chocolate or joining a gym.


Make it a date for 2014

THE movie Bridget Jones’s Diary is on TV again tonight.


Third Age: Finding love again after painful loss

NORAH CASEY cannot stop smiling.

You need to bear in mind that 90% of communication is non-verbal — 60% is expression and 30% is tone.

First sex encounter with my boyfriend was over in minutes

¦ I have been dating someone I really like and recently slept with him for the first time. It was the worst sex I have ever had.


Let’s just be friends

Having a buddy of the opposite sex can become complicated if one is looking for romance, but the rewards more than outweigh possible difficulties.

It works: Marco Pierre White is a working class boy with working class work ethic.

Marco Pierre White is the happiest he's ever been

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White tells Gabrielle Fagan about his turbulent past and his new, more settled present.

Once they inhabit a universe similar to men, women think the same way. If an opportunity presents itself, they will pursue it. That is the world that we are inhabiting.

Women are now just as likely as men to have an affair

Women are now as likely to be unfaithful as men. Is monogamy dead, asks John Hearne.


I’m afraid life will be less sexy when I move in with him

I’ve been in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend since we began going out four years ago, which has meant that when we see each other, we’re dying to rip each other’s clothes off.