Relationships

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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Always turned on: the negative impact technology has on relationships

Is turning on to technology making us switch off in our relationships, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir.

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Should I tell my husband I fantasise about men during sex?

* I have a great sex life with my husband. However, when we’re in bed, I have fantasies about other men.

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Sexual appetites ebb and flow. An infrequent feast is fabulous, but sometimes it is just as satisfying to eat and run.

My husband’s two-hour sex sessions are too long for me

* My husband and I have a loving relationship and a healthy sex life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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