Virginia Ironside

Virginia Ironside is an agony aunt, columnist and author. She writes the weekly Dilemmas column for The Independent.

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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Rental shame

This reader's daughter is sub-letting a council flat for her own profit. Should he go behind her back and tell the council?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Am I adopted?

This 23-year-old says her sister looks nothing like her and her mother can't produce a birth certificate. Is this enough evidence to suspect she was adopted?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Where to wee?

Radiation therapy has left this reader with incontinence problems that severely affect her quality of life. Doctors say she must "learn to live with it", but how can she?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Dog Days

Whenever my best friend comes to stay, she always brings her horrible, slobbery dog. Can I tell her to leave it at home, or is that just too mean?

Why should Louise Mensch apologise for surgery? My facelift is one of the best things I've ever done

Not for us the slow decline into the rocking chair. Instead of lying back and accepting the inevitability of age, ours is the generation that does something about it

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Living apart together

After 20 years of marriage they've reached the end of the road, should they convert a large property into two separate flats, or just got their separate ways?

Virgina Ironside's Dilemmas: The one that got away

Her husband emails his closest female friend daily and they have long chats on the phone. Should this reader put a stop to it?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemma: The critical voice inside my head

It's all very well your therapist telling you to ignore it, says Virginia, but you may well need a more practical strategy than that

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I've tried everything to get pregnant, what should I do now?

"Many subfertile couples find themselves trapped in a longing for a child, which is combined with a certainty that there is a baby out there waiting to be born"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My wife gets clingy when I leave for work

It’s getting so there are only a few days that things are OK. It seems that my job is the problem, but I can’t do anything else, so what can we do to make things better?

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