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I'm 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for six months now without success. I've even tried putting my legs in the air afterwards. Can you help?

The good news is that 90% of women under 35 will conceive within 12 months of trying, and even more within two years. The bad news is that one in six couples will need help. The best advice is to forget the temperature taking and ovulation kits and have sex two or three times a week, regularly throughout your cycle. Normally, I'd say do this for 18 months before going for help, but because you're over 35, I'd see your doctor a little sooner. This is particularly important if you've had gynaecological problems in the past or any pelvic surgery or infection. As for putting your legs in the air, it probably makes no difference, but at least it ensures he makes the tea afterwards. For more information contact Issue (The National Fertility Association) on 01922-722888.

My boyfriend is younger than me. He still goes out and gets drunk all the time but I've grown out of all that. What can I do?

You can't criticise him for being young, and you shouldn't stop him enjoying himself. When you were his age, didn't you go out for a few drinks? I agree, there's nothing less attractive than a man who reeks of beer and can't stand up, but for now this goes with the territory. The chances are he'll mellow and slow down with age, but you have to decide how long you're willing to wait. If you opt to stick it out, cut him a deal. Stop giving him a hard time about his drinking in return for him spending the occasional night in with you. This way he'll enjoy his youth and you'll enjoy his company.

My ex has told me he has genital herpes. I haven't had any symptoms. What do I do now?

You can have a herpes simplex infection without showing the characteristic blisters and ulcers. There's a test you can have for herpes. A positive result means you have the herpes virus; it will even tell you if it is a viral `type one' or `type two' infection. If you have type one, the test won't tell you whether you've got genital herpes or simply suffer from cold sores. Having a type two positive result will confirm a genital infection but won't tell you when you caught the virus. Herpes is so common, it's possible that you may have been infected years before you met your ex. I would relax, use condoms with new partners (as you always should anyway) and if you get any symptoms, such as blisters, go and see your doctor. For more information, contact the Herpes Association on 020-7609 9061.

My sex CV

Name: Ade Tassell.

Age: 27.

Job: Satellite link engineer.

Where from: Dartford, Kent.

How old were you when you lost your virginity? 13 and the girl was 12 - in a cabbage field.

How many sexual partners have you had? 42. Most of those were during a summer as a holiday rep on Rhodes.

What's the soonest you've slept with a girl after meeting her? About 20 minutes.

What's the longest you've gone without sex? About two minutes. (Does sex on the brain count?)

What's the strangest place you've had sex? In a telephone box - and halfway through the phone started ringing.

Do you use contraception? Always.

Is there anything you wouldn't do in bed? I draw the line at bestiality.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Hood, Dr Catherine
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2000
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