Relationships

There’s something about marriage: The Tinder generation settles down

Despite claims about the Tinder generation, figures show marriage is on the rise here again. Why are couples starting to ring the love-life changes, asks Deirdre Reynolds.

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Does a wax make men enjoy sex more?

Research suggests that 60% of men and 24% of women preferred their sexual partners to have no hair at all on their genitals.

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Boyfriend makes me do all the work in bed

Suzi Godson says anyone who consistently delivers sexual satisfaction and demands nothing in return is devaluing themselves. 

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My wife’s weight is affecting our love life

Q. My wife’s put on a lot of weight in the past 10 years. It is affecting our love life as I no longer find her attractive.

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Girlfriend’s shrieks during sex are waking up the neighbours

Suzi Godson says that tomen who make a lot of noise during sex are, to some degree, performing to elicit and, indeed, to augment male ejaculation. 

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POLL: Is Netflix damaging your sex life? Turn it off to get turned on

It’s easy to binge-watch a TV series with your significant other, but it may have long-term effects, emotionally and in the bedroom, writes Katy Harrington.

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Our sex life has fallen into a rut of predicability

Suzi Godson says that it is completely natural that sexual interests will change as you age.

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Everything heads south sooner or later

Suzi Godson says that sooner or later every other part of your anatomy will head south to keep your scrotum company.

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Young girls now face a "hard-core sexual landscape"

Easy access to porn means girls are now more likely to be seen as sexual objects and expected to focus on the sexual pleasure of boys, says Áilín Quinlan.

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How can I build up my boyfriend’s confidence in bed?

Suzi Godon says being sensitive to your boyfriend’s feelings is likely to be a more effective strategy than throwing on the lights and demanding more adventure.

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My girlfriend can't relax and let go during sex

One of the best ways to help your girlfriend to feel more relaxed about sex may be to stop having it for a while. 

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Why do I just want casual sex?

Suzi Godson says only a tiny minority of women enter into sexual liaisons with the intention of never seeing that person again. 

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: My younger partner seems insatiable

My younger partner (I’m 41, she’s 26) seems insatiable. I am worried that I won’t be able to keep up with her libido forever — does that mean that we are doomed to have only a fling? Or are there ways to make this work long-term, if we get that far?

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Sex advice with Suzi Godson: Sick with nerves when in bed with a woman

I’m a well-paid OK-looking, 40-ish alpha male, yet I’m lonely. Every time I’m in bed with a woman I feel sick with nerves and can’t get it up. What do you suggest?

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The parents' verdict on ‘The His and Hers Guide to Pregnancy and Birth’

As the busy parents of three young children Noel Baker and his wife Aine Bonner know a thing or two about pregnancy and birth. Here they review a new book on the topic.

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Sex advice: My wife and I can’t seem to find time for sex

Too busy and too tired is a real excuse for all sorts of things, suggests sex therapist, Suzi Godson.

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It’s a date! Is sex in the diary a sensible option?

Suzi Godson gives advice for when you are struggling to fit sex into a busy schedule.

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My new boyfriend wants to know about my past lovers

Part of me thinks it’s none of his business, but if I do decide to tell him, I don’t want him to be shocked.

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POLL: Are men ready to take the contraceptive pill responsibly?

The idea of a contraceptive pill for men has been kicking around for years, but will we see it in our lifetime? Katy Harrington goes in search of the latest research and asks if women would trust their partners to take it.

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I’m in my 30s and too young to lose my sex drive

Suzi Godson says a low libido is much more likely to be a response to tiredness, difficult life events, professional stress or interpersonal problems. 

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Can your marriage survive the demands of work, kids and ageing parents?

Burdened by conflicting demands, 40-something couples can often turn against each other, says Helen O’Callaghan.

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My boyfriend has banned all foreplay in fear of premature ejaculation

 

Suzi Godson advises on what to do if your boyfriend is anxious about foreplay or direct stimulation of the penis.

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My boyfriend's loud noises turns me off when we have sex

 

Suzi Godson says you have to switch to sexual positions where your boyfriend doesn’t have to do all the work. 

 

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I'm 55 and divorced. Have the rules of dating and sex changed?

Suzi Godson says that older men tend to converge on profiles of good-looking women aged 20 to 24.

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A friend in need: Putting ‘speed-friending’ to the test

We’ve all heard of speed dating, but speed friending? Lorraine Courtney goes in search of friendship and puts it to the test.

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New series ‘Pixie’s Sex Clinic’ breaks down the barriers about sex

Sex is one of the most powerful forces in our lives but we’re often too embarrassed to discuss it. Sharon Ní Chonchúir talks to Dr Pixie McKenna about her new TV series.

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Have you ever been ghosted? It's becoming a popular way to end a relationship

You thought the relationship was going well, until your partner disappeared. Welcome to the cruel world of modern dating, says Deirdre Reynolds.

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I’m a well endowed man, how do we ease painful sex?

Suzi Godson gives advice on what positions are best when a men is well endowed.

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My boyfriend’s fetishes are turning me off

Fetishism is only problematic if it causes distress to the individual, or harm to others, advises Suzi Godson  

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Girlfriends antidepressant medication is making our sex lives a misery

Q. My girlfriend is on medication for depression that has dramatically lowered her libido.

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Is age is just a number? Experts say a generation gap can work in a couple’s favour

Older women who date younger men are often seen as cougars who have little chance of enjoying a lasting relationship. Deirdre Reynolds reports.

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Should I shock my 60-year-old husband with a Brazilian?

Suzi Godson advices this woman to shave her pubes off and shock her husband.

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