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I loathe my body and feel nothing during sex

I lost my virginity at 27 and not in a good way. Now I have huge trust issues, and my efforts to fix my problems have just made things worseIn a nutshell, I loathe my body. I feel nothing during sex or dissociate entirely – I’ll sometimes even feel a void, an...

Writer Chidera Eggerue on what #SaggyBoobsMatter is really about

She started a movement with one simple question: why should only small-boobed women go braless? Now, Eggerue has written a book she calls an antidote to the self-help sceneWhen Chidera Eggerue, now 23, was a teenager, she knew exactly what she wanted for her 18th...

Nightshifts disrupt rhythm between brain and gut, study shows

Blood tests on participants show profound impact work pattern has on hormones Working night shifts can mess up the body’s natural rhythms so much that the brain and digestive system end up completely out of kilter with one another, scientists say. Three night shifts...

When it’s hotter than hell … how can you tell if you smell?

Here’s what to do if you’re feeling hot and sweaty and wondering if your body odour is wafting over other peopleThis time of year, people can get a little smelly. Researchers at the universities of York and Oxford this week identified the structure of the molecule...

School trip made me a veggie for life | Brief letters

Visiting abattoirs | Frances Ryan | Healthy sperm | Economics | School skirts | Body odourWhen I was at grammar school over 50 years ago, the fifth form was taken to visit an abattoir on a school trip (Why children should visit abattoirs, 4 July). I’ve been vegetarian...

Gel, wand, belly, ultrasound: the moment life as I knew it ended

When I saw the obstetrician’s face, hope receded. She tried to find a heartbeat but there was no heartbeat in my body but my ownIt’s late 2001 and Crown Princess Masako of Japan is having a baby. Her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, is heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne,...

What does running do to your brain?

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matterIt may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation –...

Fabric swaps hedonism for meditation

For one night only, it’s mindfulness and mocktails at the London clubFabric, in London’s Clerkenwell, is famous for its vibrating dance floor and late-night partying. But on Tuesday the nightclub will play host to an altogether different mind-bending experience.More...

I’m 20 and the pressure of being a virgin is overwhelming

I have struggled with my body image for years and now I feel people my age think I’m immature because I’ve never had sexI am a 20-year-old woman who has struggled with my body image since I was 14. My first proper kiss was when I was 18 and I almost lost my virginity...

Is it weird to say sorry to my ex three years on? | Dear Mariella

Do it! Says Mariella. Keep it simple, keep it brief, write it from the heartThe dilemma Three years ago, I split up with my girlfriend of seven years. I felt very unhappy and put it down to the relationship. She was devastated and wanted to resolve things. But by that...

David Weir: ‘Gym training can be like torture’

The 38-year-old wheelchair athlete on the London Marathon, looking after his children and chilling outSleep I love sleep and if I haven’t got a reason to get up, I’ll stay in bed. If I’ve got a big race like the London Marathon, I’ll sleep for only about six hours and...

How do I find my work passion?

Get some headspace to think things through, says Sharmadean ReidPassions come and go, and they don’t always make themselves visible when you need them to, but they will be out there, somewhere. After spending my 20s dabbling in everything, I was quite lost. I had set...

Tim Booth: ‘I want to grow old but die suddenly’

The James singer on yoga, meditation and his ‘shadow side’I’m the Woody Allen of health and wellbeing. I’m not a hypochondriac but I did suffer a lot of illness when I was younger. A liver condition I had from the age of 10 hospitalised me when I was 21. I was...

Fit in my 40s: can a running coach make me go faster?

The personal trainer Matt Roberts is so high-end that David Cameron was a client. He’s going to assess my running styleI feel about the word “runner” the way I felt about “mother” when I’d just had a baby – that it was completely fraudulent. You can’t call yourself a...

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Many of us in the LGBTQ community grew up being told we were going to a fiery hell. Even if you've never set foot in a church or synagogue, the old traditional belief for many people was that there was only a “straight” path to heaven — no pun intended.Related...

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

But as soon as the fifth or sixth day of Ramadan is passed, the interest, respect and the spirituality can appear to be fading. Most among us just start returning to the previous routine. In some Muslim households, the shadow of Ramadan is perceived ...Related...

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