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Your relationship is failing because you don’t put out enough

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Are you doing it enough? (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

Will your beloved stick with you forever, or catapult your sorry arse in the general direction of dumpsville?

To discover the answer, you just need to look at a few simple metrics.

Men share their most horrific sexual misadventures

Do your tastes in music harmonise? Does his personal hygiene pass the smell test? Does her taste in take-out food pass muster after a skinful?

By all means, evaluate your friends’ relationships based on these criteria – being judgemental is awesome.

But know this – the only surefire way to spot a floundering couple is to count the… Read the full story

Why herpes isn’t the life sentence that people think it is

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You could be symptom free and still carry the virus (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

In these modern days of brilliant medicines, where even diseases such as HIV have become lifelong conditions rather than a death sentence, you’d think we’d all be cool with understanding that STDs aren’t the end of the world.

So why is the herpes simplex  – when it is on the genitals – still incorrectly thought of as terrible thing to catch?

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The herpes virus has been recognised for thousands of years – Hippocrates wrote about… Read the full story

McDonald’s brows are here to save you from the horror of ridiculous makeup trends

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Have your brows been in a consistently furrowed state thanks to the latest round of beauty ‘trends’ focused on the little hairs above your eyes?

We don’t blame you.

Squiggle brows, braided brows, feather brows, penis brows – they’re all a bit much.

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The only way to move past these brow looks, though, is not to ignore them and desperately hope they’ll go away, but to push them to the extreme.

Show the world how ridiculous brows can get, and (hopefully) we’ll… Read the full story

12 people reveal their worst ever break up stories

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Some people just don’t care about your feelings (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

Break ups are bloody awful, even the civilised ones that include hugs and words like ‘honour’ and ‘path’.

They hurt for days, often months, sometimes years, and no amount of ice cream and positive affirmations will make an indent on the pain.

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There is an etiquette to breaking up, which, if employed, can make it more bearable for dumper and dumpee alike: make it clean,… Read the full story

Woman creates brilliant ‘daddy application form’ for anyone who wants to date her

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Let us all learn from the wisdom of actress, writer, presenter, and comedian Arantza Fahnbulleh, for she knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it.

Arantza is a currently single. And she’s very keen to make everyone aware of that.

Announcing the ‘breaking news’ on Instagram, Arantza declared that she is officially single and taking applicants to be her new man.

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The chosen dude must actually be single – meaning no baby mama, no woman he’s been sleeping with for six months,… Read the full story

Everyone should learn from this dad’s rules for dating his daughters

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Every few months, you’ll see one: A ‘hilarious’ post on social media featuring a protective dad warning boys away from dating his daughters.

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There are the photos of dads holding guns, the open letters advising boys of all the rules, and dads wearing ‘funny’ slogan T-shirts banning their daughters’ from having sex while posing with their daughters’ terrified prom dates.

We’re told these posts are funny.

But they’re not, really. They play into the idea that women need their dad’s permission to date or… Read the full story

Winter is coming: A flash guide to preparing for seasonal affective disorder

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It’s time to prepare (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD as it’s more commonly known, is a depressive illness caused by shortened daylight hours and a lack of sunlight.

Around 21% of the population experience a less intense form of SAD, which is often referred to as ‘winter blues’, while 8% of the population experience severe symptoms, which can prevent normal function without the right treatment.

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The symptoms of SAD can vary as it’s a complex condition, but most commonly include depression, anxiety, lethargy and sleep problems.

I face the… Read the full story

These photos just won the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards 2017

The winning entry came from Alejandro Prieto Rojas (Picture: Bird Photographer of the Year Awards 2017/ Alejandro Prieto Rojas)

This year’s Bird Photographer of the Year Awards have left us with spectacular images of our amazing natural world.

It is now the second year of this photography competition and standards were really high.

Letting your pets snooze on your bed can help you get a better night's sleep

The winning entry came from Alejandro Prieto Rojas who triumphed to become Bird Photographer of the Year with his beautifully reflective image of flamingos feeding their chicks in Rio Legartos, Mexico.

An expert panel of judges said Alejandro’s… Read the full story

National Grandparents Day: 11 quotes about grandparents to celebrate

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Having grand children is such a wonderful gift (Picture: Getty)

As parents, we provide and nurture.

And then, when the grandchildren come along, we get to watch the wonderment of growing up all over again, and re-share all our stories and games with a captive new audience.

12 things you only know if you babysit your grandchildren

Grandchildren are the greatest gift you can be given, as we can relive our own time as parents and do everything we wanted to – or forgot to do – with our own children.

To celebrate Grandparent’s Day, I looked up some quotes about… Read the full story

Sex around the world: Take a trip to South Korea’s sex theme park

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Are you ready to explore your kinky side? (Picture: whyyan)

Say ‘theme park’ and you think: Alton Towers or Thorpe Park; family fun and fast rides and fried food and trying not to throw up before you hit the rides again.

It’s a little different over on the South Korean island of Jeju.

Sex around the world: An Indonesian festival of sex with strangers

Here, the premier attraction, Jeju Loveland, is dedicated to erotic sculptures and ‘sexually oriented art’ that is barely NSFW, let alone family friendly.

Now in its 13th year, having opened to the public in 2004, Jeju Loveland is something… Read the full story

The average wedding in the UK now costs nearly £30,000

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Love might not cost a thing but weddings do.

And they tend to cost a bomb. That’s why we have programmes like Don’t Tell The Bride, which pay for unassuming couples to get wed, all for the small fee of looking an absolute tosser on TV.

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In fact, the average cost of ceremonies and receptions is going up and up – which is great for guests, bad for anyone even thinking of proposing.

According to a new survey of 4,000 brides, the average wedding in the UK… Read the full story

What being a grandmother has taught me about life

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As a family, we were judged a lot when we found out our daughter was to become a teenage mum. She was 17, and I was 36 when she had the baby.

I had been a teenage parent and never wanted history to repeat itself with my daughter, for both selfish and unselfish reasons.

12 things you only know if you babysit your grandchildren

I wanted a gap where my husband and I could have a break from little people running around and revel in the fact that we didn’t have… Read the full story

Drinking too much IPA might be responsible for your man boobs

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Let’s get one thing clear: ain’t nothing wrong with a dad bod.

But if you’re eating right and exercising regularly and still find yourself plagued with unwanted man boobs, then you might want to look at what you’re drinking.

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Because it’s now thought that supping too much IPA might be responsible for putting on fat around the pec region.

Hops present in IPA beers naturally contain phytoestrogens – which behave similarly to estrogen hormones.

In fact, those plant-based phytoestrogens are so similar to the female sex hormone that sometimes they’re prescribed to women going through the menopause as… Read the full story

Fitness blogger’s ‘Insta Girl Edit’ proves that you can’t tell what’s been edited or not anymore

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We all know that loads of fitness influencers are heavily edited online.

There they are, simultaneously sucking in their bellies and pushing out their abs, contorting their bodies into all kinds of unnatural poses to pop their bums. There’s not a wrinkle or dimple to be seen.

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And usually, these obviously doctored or highly poses images are easy to spot.

But one blogger is proving that actually, it’s the pictures that have been ever so lightly tweaked that we need to watch out for.

Fitness model Karina Airby… Read the full story

Corgi who just wants to share his bone with his reflection is the most pure creature of all

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Dogs are such blessed creatures.

No matter how awful you are, they’ll still love you. No matter how tragic you’re being, they’ll comfort you. No matter how undeserving of it you are, they’ll still give you attention.

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But corgis are really something else.

Those sweet, sweet animals are so pure of heart. They might be ridiculous but they stop at nothing to bring joy and happiness to the world.

Including trying to share their most succulent bones with fellow canines.

Just look at Eric Smith’s little friend.

Proof that the world is burning: mayo out-sells ketchup in the UK for the first time

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Mayonnaise is horrendous – don’t try and deny it.

That plastic-y, thick, white sauce adds nothing but lubrication to any dish. It tastes of nothing and yet looks like it’ll give you heart disease within seconds of it touching your lips.

The average wedding in the UK now costs nearly £30,000

The only thing it’s at all good for is sweet potato fries…and even then, ketchup is still a great match.

So it comes as deeply worrying news that mayo has out-sold delicious tomato sauce in the UK for the first time.

That’s right – mayonnaise is now Britain’s favourite condiment.

Over… Read the full story

How to stop getting ‘the fear’ after a night out

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Good morning, and happy hangover for you lot who were out last night.

There are many parts of the morning after that are almost unbearable: The dry mouth, the hunger for any and all carbs, the lethargy that stops you leaving bed (except to fetch more carbs of course).

How to stop getting 'the fear' after a night out

However, few symptoms are worse than ‘the fear’. It’s that nagging feeling that you’ve done something embarrassing, and the harrowing flashbacks that remind you of your misadventures.

Hopefully, you’re not too worried about having inappropriately touched or physically assaulted anyone last night, but we’ve… Read the full story

World Suicide Prevention Day: Why you should take a minute to change a life

It only takes a moment to reach out and offer support (Picture: Getty)

I wrote this article on National Be Late For Something Day – quite apt as I am up against the clock in getting it over in time for publication.

In amongst all the fun and whacky national days, uncomfortably sits World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, September 10.

I have unwittingly become an expert on the subject of suicide after my Dad sadly took his life while suffering from depression.

I then experienced my own mental health problems resulting in attempting to take my life in my early 20s, and then last year a good friend killed herself after suffering post-natal depression.

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Meet Suki, the Bengal cat who’s living out her best forest dreams

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This is Suki.

She’s a Bengal cat from Canada who unlike most lazy felines, isn’t a stranger to exploring new and exciting lands.

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In fact, she’s more adventurous than most humans.

The Instagram star, who has nearly 180,000 followers goes about the Canadian countryside with her human, exploring the mountains and streams around her wooden cabin.

Unlike many cats, Suki isn’t afraid of water.

In fact, she kind of likes dipping her paws into lakes, streams and rivers

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In fact, she’s not afraid… Read the full story

Can we please stop making travel a competition?

Can we please stop making travel a competition?
Nice view – but did you hike or get the bus up though? (Picture: Getty – Metro.co.uk)

Long gone are the days when travel was the pursuit of the ultra-wealthy.

Budget airlines, rapidly improving technology, and changing social attitudes have meant that travel has become extremely accessible. And people are travelling at every opportunity.

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Generally, this is a good thing.

At its best, travel challenges your assumptions and expands your horizons. It forces you to grow up and take responsibility, or adapt and change your worldview.

But now, there’s… Read the full story

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