Relationships

Compromise between mismatched libidos

My boyfriend and I are in our 20s and we have been together for six months now. 

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Karen O'Moore

No need for the rush sex with Tantra

WHILE the whole country is in a tizzy about, what to buy for Him or Her, there are those who are looking at what they can gift their relationship this festive season and for some Irish people – it’s tantric sex.

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Solo sex is good for your relationship

My wife recently admitted to me that she masturbates a few times a week. I was surprised that she does it at all, to be honest. We’re young and we have a healthy sex life — does that mean that I’m not satisfying her?

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Having different occupations outside the home can help relationships thrive

WE’RE told opposites attract but it is also true that having something in common with your partner is a vital component of a good relationship.

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Counselling can help you to help jealous wife

Ever since my wife lost her job she has become depressed and socially isolated. 

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Have you a male or a female brain?

Differences between male and female brains are hard to define, and may be due to either nature or nurture, or both.

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How do I subtly tell hubbie I want foreplay?

My husband has never been one for foreplay. Is it too late to change him without upsetting him, or making him think sex has been rubbish up until now?

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Quickies not on because of marathon man

My 33-year-old partner is able to maintain his erection for a long time. However, it can take him around 30 minutes to climax and ejaculate.

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Sex clinic: Will our sex life ever be the same after children?

QUESTION: My wife and I have been married since our early 20s. I’ve always fancied her, but since the birth of our child our sex life has become less exciting. 

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I want cuddles from sleepy hubby after sex

Q. My husband goes to sleep straight after sex while I’d rather have a cuddle. I know it’s a cliché, but is there a biological reason why it happens?

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Would you pay to find love via a mobile phone app?

Tinder claims it makes 15m matches a day and it is about to launch a new, premium service, but while romance can flourish online, Tinder and Plenty of Fish, and other such services, are just as likely to be used for casual-sex hook-ups.

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75% of sexually active women get HPV

My best friend has just contracted HPV from her last boyfriend. She has told me how common it is, and it has made me concerned that I could also have it. How is it contracted, and what happens if I do have it? Is it treatable?

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Pressure on teen girls to be sexually active is intrusive, unfair and damaging

SO, you’re a girl, and a virgin.

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I’m worried about sex with my new girlfriend

I’m worried about sex with my new girlfriend. I’m 10 years older than her and have just come out of a marriage. 

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Travel makes my girlfriend too tired for sex

My girlfriend travels for work. She comes back shattered and sometimes doesn’t feel like having sex. 

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Laura Wogan stopped by panto actor, David Doyle, who is playing Prince Charming in Aladdin.

Searching for Prince Charming? Prepare to be disapponted

Looking to meet a Prince Charming sets unreal standards for men, and can leave women unhappy, says Deirdre Reynolds.

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Sex advice: ’Being naked makes me uptight with him’

READER: I feel very uncomfortable being naked and it makes me feel very awkward about sex. 

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Is honesty the best policy in your relationship?

White lies can be a kindness in a relationship, and it’s best not to burden your partner with your problems, but trust is a must, says psychotherapist Jean-Claude Chalmet.

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Lay off booze and enjoy wedding night sex

I’m getting married in a couple of months and I want to have great wedding night sex. Is it possible?

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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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