Six new ‘vegetable themed’ condoms launched to slash STI rates in over-65s 0 83

BONKING older Brits have been urged to practise safe sex by using vegetable-themed condoms.

In those aged over 65, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have doubled in the last decade prompting calls for older generations to use protection.

Laurie HaskellOlder Brits have been urged to practise safe sex by using vegetable-themed condoms[/caption] Laurie HaskellThe condoms are available for free on relate.org.uk and Finchley Nurseries[/caption]

Earlier this year cases of super gonorrhoea were detected in the UK, with people urged to be on the look out for the illness.

Before the pandemic, cases of syphilis had also increased by 86 per cent in those 65 and over, Public Health England data showed.

And it’s no wonder infections are easily spread in this age group, when two thirds of Brits are uneasy when it comes to talking about STIs.

Research of 2,000 adults found half of Brits (51 per cent) find it difficult to have conversations about intercourse – 38 per cent of over 65s – with adults avoiding the topic because it makes them feel awkward.

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Relationship charity, Relate, has teamed up with the The Hornicultural Society to end stigma among older generations when it comes to talking about sex.

Their study found that 43 per cent of those aged 65 and over feel more confident and liberated now when it comes to sex than at any other point in their lives.

While more than half consider themselves to be adventurous in the bedroom.

The study also found 16 per cent of over 65s have purchased or considered buying sex toys for themselves or their partner during the past 12 months.

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More than half this age group (52 per cent) have sex once to twice a week – with 12 per cent claiming to have intercourse more now than at any other time in their lives.

However, the research carried out through OnePoll found 80 per cent of over 65s haven’t bought condoms in the past six months.

That’s why the society has now launched a new range of condoms to encourage older age groups to stay protected.

They come in garden seed-style packaging and will be available in six naughty veg themes, including onions, avocado, plums, artichokes, courgette and aubergine.

The free condoms are also sustainable and can be planted in a pot to degrade.

Relationship psychotherapist and Relate president, Anjula Mutand said sex and intimacy can be as adventurous and fulfilling in later life as it can be at any age.

She explained: “It might be different – for physical or other reasons – but it’s brilliant that our research showed it’s still a significant part of life for those who want it to be.

“And we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about the importance of safe sex, regardless of age.

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“By bringing the sexual health debate to an unexpected environment like a garden centre, we’re once again trying to help break down taboos and get people up and down the country talking about the joy of later life sex.”

The limited-edition condoms are available from www.relate.org.uk and also in-store at Finchley Nurseries in London.

Laurie HaskellThere are a range of different vegetable-themed condoms to chose from[/caption]

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 47

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Don’t let yourself stoop to her level.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 30

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry your partner ended your relationship in such a cruel way.

This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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Give yourself time and be kind to yourself. He put you down constantly, now you can start to build up your confidence.

I’d recommend seeing a counsellor to help you with this betrayal and am sending you my Counselling support pack.

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