A married couple from Scotland, Alex and Louise met on a night out in Edinburgh 11 years ago. Although the relationship has changed a lot over the years, they are just as much in love today as they were back then. Unfortunately a car accident six years ago has left them both in chronic pain.
They hope by talking about the issues they face and how they might overcome them, it might help others in a similar situation. Here, Alex talks about being autistic and in a long-term relationship.
"For most of my life I felt out of place, like a puzzle piece that just doesn't fit. It wasn't until a few years ago that I finally understood the reason why.
I always knew I was different, that was pretty obvious if I am honest. I went to a school for children with learning difficulties but it wasn't until I was much older that I discovered the cause.
When a friend first suggested I was autistic, I was sceptical to say the least but I can't deny he was right."
Last month, I took the plunge and booked flights to Melbourne and a ticket to my first ever hackathon.
A hackathon is a problem-solving event. Generally, a whole bunch of strangers team up and design a solution to whatever their problem might be. Attendees usually include softwear developers, graphic designers, project managers and the like, but I knew that this one was going to be a little different. It was a sextech hackathon, hosted by Bryony Cole – sextech entrepreneur and judge of the Lovehoney Design A Sex Toy Competition.
Sextech is any technology or tool used in conjunction with any aspect of human sexuality. So, condoms, dating apps, toys, tools to aid with sexual dysfunctions, menstrual cycle tracking apps and even things like Facetime or Skype. The event invited all types of people who were interested in solving the problems we face in our sex lives.
It was an expensive commitment for me to go, but I knew that I would have serious FOMO if I didn’t attend and something told me that the people I would meet there would change my life. Spoiler, I was right.
These days, portable tech – including social media, gaming, and streaming services like Netflix – is getting devilishly distracting from a) sleep and b) steamy sex sessions (gah!).
That's why we're massive fans of tech-savvy sex toy brand, We-Vibe, which actually harnesses the power of apps and uses it to help us up our sexytime in the bedroom, with ourselves and with our kinky confidantes.
We-Vibe's high-end vibrators, stimulators and massagers boast app control as a key feature. This means you have quick and simple touchscreen controls at your fingertips, giving complete command over your toy and all its settings.
It also means, no matter whether near or far, your playmate can help you turn up the heat on your solo sessions and you can experience epic pleasure together. Yup, that's right – whether you're on separate continents or just across the other side of the king-size, your pleasure can be amped up at the swipe of an app.
So, we always look forward to We-Vibe new launches, and every now and again along comes one that blows us away – and this time it has, quite literally.
The brand new Melt by We-Vibe borrows amazing Pleasure Air technology from fellow sex toy guru, Womanizer, and combines it into one sleek and smooth clit stimulator that takes your flower festival to full-on Coachella proportions.
Seriously, this is one pink puppy that you'll always want to reach for, no matter what after-dark antics you're up to.