The reality of living with an STD is a painful one, and one that people deal with everyday. The Center for Disease Control that 80 percent of the population has a sexually transmitted disease, so how do couples make it work when their love can literally be painful? After contracting herpes from having oral sex with her then boyfriend, one writer describes her journey trying to understand her STD and find love. She meets Mike (he has HPV and she has herpes) and together they try to make it work through honesty and protection.
There comes a point in every relationship when the romance is not what it used to be. Couples can do a number of things to get more romantic including sexy clothes, therapy, or just anything that makes them feel alive. Catie Lazarus checks in with her therapists and finds out how to get the magic back on this video episode of "On The Couch".
When is a fight worth it and when is it time to let go? Parenthood.com explains that it is sometimes better for your relationship with your spouse to just it go: "I want my relationship to work more than I want to be right. This time around, the big picture is clear. I love my husband. I don't want to hurt him. We're compatible, and it feels awful when we don't get along. I want our marriage to thrive, and I want to grow - which means learning how to lose on occasion. At this precipice, I'm learning to take a deep breath and peer at things from my partner's perspective. I know he's as sure of being right as I am, which makes me curious about where he's coming from. I trust him and our relationship enough to accept that the truth probably lies somewhere in the unfamiliar middle."
Sometimes the toll of becoming an Olympian—the thousands of hours of training and travel and overall turbulence—can take its toll on a relationship. But what happens when both members of a marriage are Olympic champions? When the games come to a close, 302 gold medals will have been awarded at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Katerina Emmons, a shooter from the Czech Republic, won the very first one. Emmons was indeed the first athlete in Beijing to hear her national anthem played on the medal stand, amidst the awe and exuberation of being crowned an Olympic champion—a feeling made even more special by the person with whom she was able to share it: Her husband. Her soul-mate. Her one-and-only love. Talk about romantic.
When Brett Favre left the field last season after his final game as a Green Bay Packer and professional quarterback, millions of women, many happily married wives among them teared up. And, so too, I imagine, did their husbands, worried that the departure of the man who had caused unexpected female fans to tune in on Sundays and Mondays would mean an end to game day counting as a couples activity.
How in the world do married women get involved in the swinging lifestyle, you might wonder? Well it's not necessarily the men who are begging their wives to swing, but in many cases, it's the wives who want their husbands to try it. I spoke with six happily married female swingers and several husbands, who spoke honestly about their motivations, meet-ups, and ah-ha moments. Here, get a peek into what interested them in the lifestyle and what keeps them going back for more.
It's hard to be single when certain things paying taxes, traveling, covering health care costs are cheaper for married couples than for individuals. Were I prone to conspiracy theorizing, I'd think something was up. As SavvySugar reports, getting health insurance or paying lower premiums have served as the primary catalysts for 7% of all US marriages. Before you begin to mourn traditional unions, fear not, the article claims most of these marriages were between already coupled pairs who had otherwise decided to eschew the formality of a legal union.
The 1970s are over, but some things seem to be making a comeback: lava lamps, wallpaper, Donna Summer's concert tour and ... swingers. The fascination with "the lifestyle" (as swingers fondly call it) is seeping into suburban, upper-middle class social scenes. Whether you are a woman swept up in thinking about the swingers phenomenon or curious to explore it, the big question on your mind must be this: Why do married women do it? How can they actually step into this world? Determined to unravel the mystery, I got myself an invitation to a swingers club: a strange, sexual, and minimally sleezy bar unlike any other. For one night, I was told I would have access to the entire club and get introduced to women who could answer my overriding questions...
This weekend, Frank and I were invited to spend the fourth at friend’s family’s house in Vermont. We’d gone for the holiday last year, too, and knew that it was going to be awesome—the property is huge and beautiful and wooded, the house is old and charming, there’s tons of stuff to do and games to play and the couple who host always procure plenty of delicious food and booze. So in short, we knew going in that we were going to have a good time. Last year, the group that went up was fairly small and made up of disparate parts: us, the hosts, a couple of friends from Neal (the male host)’s law school and a couple of ladies from Caroline (the female host)’s business school. Yes, by the way, all my friends are accomplished except for me.
Mutual friends are plentiful while you are in a romantic relationship—a recent study shows 63% of married couples met through just such a network. But what happens to them if the two of you call it quits? Suddenly these same friends you once called for coffee and double dates could be called on by your ex to trash-talk you.
Devoted globetrotters, Gilbert and "Felipe" own a store that sells all the beautiful objects they've collected from their travels. "We named our business 'Two Buttons' because a priest in Laos told us that we had so much love for life that we needed nothing more than two buttons in our pockets to get by in the world," reads their website, twobuttons.com. "Actually, sometimes we have gotten by on only one button."
From The New York Times By Aimee Berg When the starting guns signal the beginning of the United States Olympic men’s marathon trials in Manhattan on Nov. 3 and the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, some professional runners who have much at stake will be standing still. The two-time Olympian Shayne Culpepper, who hopes to compete in the 1,500 meters at the Beijing Olympics next summer, says she will be “biting my nails with the rest of the wives” while her husband, Alan, tries to finish in the top three at the trials to make his third Olympic team. Tango’s Take
According to onlookers in Rome, Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon are an item. This comes after months of on again, off again speculation and Reese's quiet divorce. They appeared in the same film, 'Rendition,' recently.
I know there's something creepy and entirely unsexy about playing a maternal role with the man you love. I've often wondered if the mothering instinct is just part of being a woman in love‚ or if it's an annoying urge that we must ignore if we want to keep romance alive and our dignity intact.
To avoid devastating surprises down the line, every couples needs to have candid conversations about their financial standing before two become one. Abby Ellin talks to the experts for advice on navigating these awkward topics—and cautions on the dangers of not talking about money before marriage.
Even the most satisfying sexual relationships can use a jumpstart from time to time. If you've foundation of trust; exploration eachother on new sexual levels with erotic toys and games can add fire to a relationship on many levels. Dr. Hilda Hutcherson. sex columnist and expert, walks you through the hottest tools of enticement.