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I feel too unattractive to have the sex life I dream about

As a gay man, I have major body image issues that are holding me back from having the satisfying sexual experiences I seekI’m a 28-year-old gay male who has never had satisfying sex and fear I never will. I struggled with acne into my early twenties and still have...

The painful truth about fibroids: why FKA twigs is not alone

The singer has revealed that she had an operation to remove benign uterine tumours – a condition that affects a third of women. These growths can weigh as much as a baby, so why are they so often overlooked?It was, said the singer FKA twigs, “a fruit bowl of pain...

Joe Wicks: ‘Other personal trainers think I got lucky’

The body coach, 32, on gaining a ripped physique in 25 minutes a day, not being a sex symbol and achieving Instagram fameI was a hyperactive child. I wasn’t very academic and I had a very short attention span. I was a bit of a class clown and was always messing...

Dream ticket: how sleep became a billion-dollar business

Tiredness is the new norm – no wonder companies are selling sleep aids from spooning robots to cuddle blankets. How did a restful night become a luxury item?Rockwell Shah speaks with almost evangelical zeal about sleep. He is the CEO of Pzizz, an app that “designs...

Should we all get a health check?

Testing for high blood pressure can save lives – but experts say that unnecessary tests, such as whole body scans, may just find problems that probably don’t need treatment. So what should you be tested for?Most health checks are designed to look for risk factors or...

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...

Should I have a baby to please my dying mother?

You need to step back when you feel so overwhelmed, says Annalisa BarbieriMy mother was recently diagnosed with a terminal disease, with a prognosis of two to four years. I am 34, close to my mum and she’s a great mother, but for the last few years she has been...

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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