Since several prestigious brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe decided to push all their upcoming releases to 2021, every new watch launch feels like an occasion. That’s especially true when a timepiece like the Black Bay from the Rolex-owned Tudor drops in our laps. Celebrating the occasion? None other than Tudor man David Beckham, who shared a moody, pensive photo of himself and the new watch. (An impossible question for you: which is more handsome?) It’s funny—or maybe just sad—to think about the party that would have been thrown to celebrate this new watch, the little canapés that would have been eaten, and the open-bar drinks that would have been indulged in. But folks like Beckham are proving that watches look just as good stuck at home as they do out to parties. Over the past couple weeks, with the world still mostly on pause, rapper 21 Savage paired his watch with a Grammy (and no shirt), while Phoenix Suns up-and-comer Devin Booker wore a sporty watch with a big dog.
There are many hurdles in the dating world – finding the right filter for your Tinder pic, learning how to play it cool while you wait for WhatsApp ticks to go from grey to blue, aubergine emojis – but there is one that trumps them all: how do you know when somebody fancies you?
It’s a complex question, one whose answers have mutated and evolved with the times. A few years ago, an obvious indicator of romantic interest might’ve been, say, a casual “come here often?” quip at the bar. Or perhaps, in simpler times, putting someone’s name in your MSN bio. Not so in 2019.
Another equally archaic flirting tactic is “negging” – a term to describe men who insult women they’re attracted to – as coined by author Neil Strauss, who whose once lauded book The Game now reads like a dating manual for misogynists.
“Pulling up the sleeves of a dress or a top to reveal the lower part of our inner arms – the softest skin on our body – is often a subconscious sign of attraction,” she says, noting that it displays our vulnerability to someone.
2. You talk about mundane things
If someone likes you, they will find any excuse to text you, says psychologist Madeleine Mason Roantree of dating agency, The Vida Consultancy.
The messages might seem weird or dull (“I just came back from the park” or “Had a long day at work”), but it’s a good sign, she adds, because it shows this person is keen to chat to you about anything at all.
3. They remember what you say
If someone is interested in dating you, they will remember aspects of your previous conversations, says Hemmings. Whether it’s a minor detail about the new coffee machine at work or the location of your sister’s birthday party, if they like you, they will follow up to find out more.
4. Texts often end with a question
If they end their messages to you with a question, no matter how insipid (“what did you have for lunch?”), it’s a strong sign they want to keep communicating with you. “This is a bid to get you to engage with them,” says Mason. “They want to maintain a sense of connection by keeping a conversation going.”
5. They will alter their body language to be closer to you
There’s more to showing interest through body language than just holding eye contact (a well-documented indicator of interest). Other gestures, Hemmings notes, may include leaning in towards you and crossing their legs, or standing at an angle so their body is facing you. “This suggests that someone is enjoying your company,” she says.
6. They try to impress you
Are they inviting you to swanky bars, trendy photography exhibitions, or revered plays? This isn’t showing off, they are trying to impress you, says Mason.
“This kind of behaviour can occasionally be difficult to spot as you don’t necessarily know their default nature,” she adds. But if they’re taking the lead by planning fun and engaging activities for the two of you, it’s a clear indicator that they are making an effort to woo you.
7. You know when you’ll next see them after a date
If you’ve just had a good date, let’s say conversation was flowing and the sparks were flying, you will be a source of excitement for them, says Mason. “By spending time with you, their levels of the ‘happy hormone’, dopamine, increase. They will want more of that,” she explains. Hence why you will know soon after leaving them when you’ll see them again, because they will make sure it’s in the diary.
8. They get in touch at random points of the day
“Texting is often used simply for pragmatic reasons, or sometimes out of habit or obligation,” says Hemmings. When someone messages you sporadically – i.e not just to make a plan or find out information about something – it shows they’re spending time thinking about you, she explains.
9. They tell you how they feel
This might seem blatantly obvious. But some people really do just straight up tell you they like you, says Mason. “Saying it out loud is an attempt to secure the longevity and exclusivity of being with you,” the psychologist adds.
If your symptoms are severe or they don’t get better after treatment with an over-the-counter cream or suppository, call your doctor.
Signs of a complicated infection include:
- Severe symptoms (such as redness, swelling, and itching so severe that it causes tears or sores)
- A yeast infection that occurs four or more times in a year
- You’ve developed other kinds of symptoms.
- This is your first yeast infection.
- You’re not sure whether you have a yeast infection or something else.
There are many reasons you could get a yeast infection, including:
- Hormones: Changes during pregnancy, breast-feeding or menopause (or if you’re taking birth control pills) can change the balance in your vagina.
- Diabetes: If your diabetes is not well-controlled, the increase in sugar in the mucus membranes (moist linings) of your vagina can create a place for yeast to grow.
- Antibiotics: These drugs can kill off many of the good bacteria that live in your vagina.
- Douches and vaginal sprays: The use of these products can change the balance in your vagina.
- A weakened immune system: If you are HIV-positive or have another immune system disorder, the yeast may also grow uncontrolled.
- Sex: Though a yeast infection is not considered a sexually transmitted infection, it can be passed from person to person through sexual contact.
- Short-course vaginal therapy. Taking an antifungal medication for three to seven days will usually clear a yeast infection. Antifungal medications — which are available as creams, ointments, tablets and suppositories — include miconazole (Monistat 3) and terconazole. Some of these medications are available over-the-counter and others by prescription only.
- Single-dose oral medication. Your doctor might prescribe a one-time, single oral dose of fluconazole (Diflucan). Oral medication isn’t recommended if you’re pregnant. To manage more-severe symptoms, you might take two single doses three days apart.
When to see a doctor
- Women should see a healthcare provider the first time vaginal yeast infection symptoms occur or if they are unsure as to whether they have a yeast infection. If certain, the condition can be treated with over-the-counter medications.
- However, if symptoms do not respond to one course of over-the-counter medications, yeast infection may not be the problem.
- Pregnant women or those with weakened immune systems should contact a doctor before beginning any over-the-counter self-treatment.
- Women who experience recurrent vaginal yeast infections, or yeast infections that do not clear up with treatment, should immediately contact a healthcare provider for professional diagnosis and management.
- If a woman has more than four episodes of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) in a year, she is deemed to have recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, a chronic yeast infection problem.