Not that there’s anything wrong with good-old missionary sex, but if it’s always your go-to position, you might benefit from a bit of creativity in the bedroom. And we’re not saying you have to go crazy or anything, but if you’re not at least exploring what’s out there, you could be selling yourself short.
So, say it with us: V-A-R-I-E-T-Y. Grab yourself a pen and get ready to take some notes, because your sex life is in for some serious inspiration. Read on for our roundup of the top ten most popular sex positions, which will surely become your new favorites too.
#1: Missionary with a pillow
As we said, there’s nothing wrong with the default missionary position — we can’t think of a better way to sexually warm up — but there’s a way to spice it up. Before you lie on your back, place a pillow under your hips and have your lover assume the position between your legs with their body parallel to yours. Elevating your hips with a pillow completely changes the angle of your pelvis, which leads to deeper penetration and increased clitoral stimulation. Plus, you get tons of eye contact, so if intimacy is what you crave, intimacy is what you’ll get.
#2: Doggy style
If you haven’t voluntarily gotten down on all fours yet, you don’t know what you’re missing (and no, taking it from behind doesn’t have to mean back-door action, though it certainly could). Doggy style is actually one of the most foolproof positions to get into because it requires little flexibility, strength, or stamina. With you on all fours, both parties have control over rhythm, speed, and depth, and as an added bonus, this is the perfect position for you to lend yourself a hand for added clitoral stimulation.
Lazy girls, rejoice: you don’t even need to get up for this one. When lying on your side in a spoon position — if you’ve already been cuddling, you literally don’t have to move — your partner penetrates you from behind. The best part is you both have full access to your breasts and clitoris. Afterwards, you can even fall fast asleep in the same position — it just doesn’t get better than that.
#4: Reverse cowgirl
Own your sexy with this playful position. With your partner lying on their back, straddle their hips as you face away from them. Lower yourself onto your cowboy and get to grinding. Here, you’re in total control. Like it faster? Get to work. Need some clitoral action? Go for it. Your guy will just be glad for the view.
#5: The loveseat
Have your lover sit at the edge of the bed or couch or on a chair, and then, sit on their lap facing away. Plant your feet on the ground and lower yourself onto your partner’s penis or strap-on — now, bounce up and down, and grind side to side and around. It’s like a lap dance, but better. You can experiment with tantric movement and speed, while your partner hangs on (to your breasts, butt, hips, or whatever else).
#6: The Lotus
This one requires some flexibility from both parties, but trust us, it’s worth risking a cramp for. Have your partner sit with their legs crossed, then lower yourself into their lap as you wrap both legs and arms around their body. Rock back and forth together and prepare for total bliss. Plus, between all the hugging and kissing, you’ll swear you’ve never feel closer to your partner.
#7: Standing up
Perfect for that I-have-to-have-you-now moment, this position requires nothing and can be performed anywhere, any time (discretion advised, of course!). Just jump into your lover’s arms and hold on. Disclaimer: This position also requires a fair amount of strength and stamina from both of you, so tread with caution. Have your partner prop you up against a wall for added support.
#8: The butterfly
This position is great for deep penetration. Lie on your back (hips at the edge of the bed), while your significant other stands in front of you. As your partner enters you, you’re free to lay back, relax and enjoy, or join in on the action. For even more stimulation, rest your ankles on your their shoulders and lift your hips a few inches off the bed. This gives you a totally new angle and creates even more stimulation.
#9. The couch cowgirl
This position doesn’t take much physical effort from either party, but gives you all the control and your partner gets full access to your clitoris and breasts. Have your partner sit down on the couch with their feet on the ground. Straddle their lap facing them with your legs on either side. Cuddle close or lean away for new sensations. Bonus: this is an easy way to go from Netflix to chill to home base without having to leave the living room.
#10. The bridge
A popular move in Pilates, the bridge exercise is known to give you a more sculpted behind. It’s the one where you lay on your back, bring your heels close to your butt, and press up to lift your hips high into the air. Now, do that and have your partner assume the position between your legs. From there, your partner can grab your hips for leverage as they thrust into you. It’s the perfect position for deep penetration and hitting that enigmatic G-spot.