Relationships

It was so exciting when he took the lead in bed

My boyfriend and I have been together for five years. The sex is great, but we know what we like and we stick to it. 

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Is it possible to have orgasms at the same time as your partner?

I’d love if I could orgasm with my husband but if I try to hold on so that we both climax at the same time, the sensation passes and then I can’t orgasm at all. 

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I’m worried that our sex life is a lost cause

Practice makes perfect when it comes to sex in a new relationship.

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Can you make a man fall for you by following relationship tips in glossy magazines?

A 1950s-style magazine listicle on how to keep your man happy, generated a storm of protest online. Let’s get real about love, says Deirdre Reynolds            

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I don’t stand a ghost of a chance

I’ve been dumped. Or at least I think so. I never received official confirmation. It wasn’t until a friend queried the progress of the new man in my life that I realised he’d fallen off the face of the earth.

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What can I do to stop recurring cystitis infections?

I have recurrent cystitis and it makes it difficult to have a steady sex life with my boyfriend, who I live with. At least once a month, I have a seriously painful few days. 

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If you keep faking orgasm you’ll never reach it

Q: I am a 50-year-old divorced female who fakes her orgasms. I met a nice man last year and it was so wonderful just to be having sex that I sometimes told him that I’d come. He is so pleased with this, I now can’t bear to tell him the truth. What should I do?

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Why are more men turning their back to sex?

Stress and depression are causing more and more men to turn their back on sex, Deirdre Reynolds explores the problem, how it is affecting healthy marital relationships, and how it can be resolved.

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Three months after baby and still no sex

My wife had a baby three months ago and she still won’t have sex with me.

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Can I take her back after she was unfaithful?

I’m 72 and my relationship with a woman 20 years younger has ended after she was unfaithful. 

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‘I would love more kisses and cuddles’

My husband of 30 years and I still have a very active sex life, but I would love more kisses and cuddles on a regular basis. He has stopped kissing me when we make love. He says he loves me but I wish I felt more loved.

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New boyfriend excites my ex more than I did

I’m 18 and my girlfriend dumped me recently. I was ready for it to end, but my ex says that her new boyfriend excites her much more than I ever did. 

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Why does my girlfriend need to drink before we have sex?

My girlfriend always needs to have a few drinks before we have sex. She’s quite insecure in general and I think that must be why. 

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Why a growing number of people are having affairs

Klara loves her husband but he’s not interested in sex, so she found a lover online. Does her decision reflect a growing tolerance of affairs? Ailin Quinlan reports.

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Four dads tell us about their father-daughter relationship

Father’s Day approaches, we ask well-known dads about what makes the relationship with their daughters special.

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I’ve had the best sex ever after my divorce

My husband and I recently got divorced, following six years in which we didn’t have sex. I then met a boyfriend from my youth and we had the best sex ever. 

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I’m married but I’m attracted to younger women

I have been happily married for 30 years; I love my wife, but, recently, I have been attracted to younger women, in particular one 20-year-old who works in my office.

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Get over break-up with a new beginning

My long-term boyfriend and I split up six months ago and it’s been very cordial. 

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My partner is hung up about foreplay

I am 46 and my partner is 38. We have a great relationship in every way, with the exception of the bedroom — this has always been a problem.

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You can’t calculate intimacy with a quota

I’m 32 years old and my sex life with my girlfriend is brilliant, but friends in much longer-term relationships have warned me it will deplete over time, and become less exciting. Is it possible to stop this decline happening?

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Is a loving familial relationship more important than perceived normalcy?

Liz Dunphy explores current thinking on the concept of family and talks to an eminent researcher, a donor-conceived adult and a constitutional expert on the current family values.

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My girlfriend thinks I am faking orgasms

I am a male, aged 38, and I often have dry orgasms. My girlfriend thinks I’m faking it, which I’m not — I just don’t ejaculate. Is this normal? What happens when we want to have children?

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Since my wife left me I’ve lost my libido

Since my wife walked out on our 10-year marriage three years ago, I have completely lost any desire to have sex, even though I have been dating some very attractive women. 

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Sleeping positions reveal alot about our relationship

Like a relationship barometer, the variety of positions couples adopt in bed reveals their emotional closeness or distance, says Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Should I tell new partner about my STI?

I’m a 50-year old woman, recently single and I’ve started dating. I’ve used condoms, but somehow I have contracted HPV. 

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My boyfriend wants a threesome, but I don’t

I didn’t mind indulging my boyfriend’s fantasies at first because they were not extreme and they were something we kept between the two of us

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Cruel irony of taking the contraceptive pill

I’m 25 and started going out with my boyfriend two years ago. Shortly after that I started taking the combined pill. Could it be to blame for my low libido?

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I hate it when my girlfriend asks for sex

I am uncomfortable about my girlfriend taking the lead in our sex life. We have great chemistry but I feel too much pressure if I’m taken by surprise. Is it unusual for a man to feel like this?

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