The 45 Best Sex Positions Every Couple Should Try
If your bedroom routine is getting a little too predictable, here are a few ways to spice things up. You can thank us in the morning.
Most couples aren’t very adventurous in the bedroom. When it comes time to get down in between the sheets, few are bold enough to venture away from traditional standbys like missionary, cowgirl, spooning, doggy style. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of inventive sex positions that can result in better orgasms for you and your partner, and they don’t (all) involve contorting your body into a pretzel. We have a few suggestions—45 of them, to be exact.
We know 45 is a lot, but don’t be intimidated. Treat this list like a menu. If you’re feeling limber, go ahead and give The Butter Churner a shot. If you don’t like it, move on down the list. Not every position is going to work for every couple. Just because the Wheelbarrow or Heir to the Throne aren’t blowing your minds doesn’t mean Gift Wrapped won’t do the trick. There’s something here for everyone. (If you do happen to stumble upon that magical alignment, find out what your favorite position says about you.)
And don’t forget: Sex positions are only part of the formula for great sex. If you’re having trouble holding it in enough to pull off some of the techniques below, find out how you can last longer in bed. You can thank us in the morning.
Sex Position: The Cat
Also known as: Coital Alignment Technique
Benefits: Strong clitoral stimulation. In a study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, women who were unable to have an orgasm in the missionary position reported a 56 percent increase in orgasm frequency using the coital alignment technique. Other studies suggest even greater success, with up to 73 percent of women achieving orgasm with CAT.
Technique: The CAT is very similar to the missionary position except your body is positioned farther up and to one side. Instead of being chest to chest, your chest is near her shoulders. Have her bend her legs about 45 degrees to tilt her hips up. This causes the base of your shaft to maintain constant contact with her clitoris.
Also try: Ask her to straighten her legs. Push your pelvis down a few inches while she pushes up.
Hot tip: Instead of thrusting up and down, rock forward and back to (hopefully) provide enough stimulation for her to orgasm. Make this position even better by grinding your pelvis in a circular motion.
Sex Position: Waterfall
Also known as: Head Rush
Benefits: The blood will rush to your other head too.
Technique: Move to the edge of the bed and lie back with your head and shoulders on the floor as she straddles you. The blood will rush to your head creating mind-blowing sensations upon orgasm.
Sex Position: One Up
Also known as: Over Your Shoulder, The Hamstring Stretch
Benefits: This is the best sex position for women who are particularly sensitive along one side of the clitoris.
Technique: Kneel on the floor with her lying on the edge of the bed. Raise one of her legs and ask her to support her leg by wrapping her hands around her hamstring just below the knee. With one hip raised, she’ll be able to add some movement to aid in your stroking or to help move you to the perfect spot.
Also try: Encourage her to wriggle a little to help you get the rhythm right.
Hot tip: During oral sex allow the knuckle of your finger to trail behind your tongue. The contrast between soft flesh of the tongue and hard bone of the finger will create a pleasing sensation. (For more oral pleasure positions, check out Your Ultimate Guide to Oral Sex.)
Hot tip for her: She can let you know the tongue pressure and technique she prefers by demonstrating with her mouth on your earlobe.
Sex Position: The Cowgirl
Also known as: Woman On Top
Benefits: Puts her in control. Great for G-spot stimulation and her orgasm.
Technique: Woman-on-top is one of the best sex positions because it allows for a variety of interesting sights and sensations, and offers her the psychological advantage of taking charge of pace and depth of penetration. Alternate between shallow and deep thrusts. “Shallow will stimulate the front third of the vagina, which is the most sensitive,” says sex therapist Rebecca Rosenblat, author of Seducing Your Man.
Also try: Lie chest to chest, with her stretching her legs out on top of your legs. She should brace her feet on the tops of yours and push off to create a rocking motion that will rub her vulva and clitoral area against your pubic bone for greater pleasure.
Hot tip: It will be easier for her to climax if you stimulate her manually and orally until she is extremely aroused. From the woman-on-top position, have her squat over your face so you can orally stimulate her.