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—15 of them, to be exact.
We know 15 is a lot, but don't be intimidated. Treat this list like a menu. If you don’t like one, move on down the list. Not every position is going to work for every couple. Just because the Heir to the Throne isn't blowing your minds doesn't mean The Cat won't do the trick. There's something here for everyone.
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, his chest is near your shoulders. Bend your legs about 45 degrees to tilt your hips up. This causes the base of your his to maintain constant contact with your clitoris.
Also try: Straightening your legs. Get him to push his pelvis down a few inches while you push up.
Hot tip: Instead of thrusting up and down, rock forward and back to (hopefully) provide enough stimulation for an 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 his other head too.
Technique: Get him to move to the edge of the bed and lie back with his head and shoulders on the floor as you straddle him. The blood will rush to his 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: Lie on the edge of the bed while he kneels on the floor. Raise one of your legs and wrap your hands around your hamstring just below the knee. With one hip raised, you’ll be able to add some movement to aid in stroking or to help move to the perfect spot.
Also try: Wriggling a little until you get the rhythm right.
Hot tip: Let him know the tongue pressure and technique you prefer by demonstrating with your mouth on his earlobe.
Sex Position: The Cowgirl
Also known as: Woman On Top
Benefits: Puts you in control. Great for G-spot stimulation and orgasms.
Technique: Woman-on-top is one of the best sex positions because it allows for a variety of interesting sights and sensations, and offers you the psychological advantage of taking charge of pace and depth of penetration. Get him to 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, stretching your legs out on top of his legs. Brace your feet on the tops of his and push off to create a rocking motion that will rub your vulva and clitoral area against his pubic bone for greater pleasure.
Hot tip: From the woman-on-top position, squat over his face so you can be orally stimulated.
Sex Position: The Hot Seat
Also known as: The Love Seat, The Man Chair
Benefits: Good G-spot stimulation.
Technique: Get him to sit on the edge of the bed or on a chair with his feet on the floor. Turn your back away and back up onto him, sitting between his legs. Here you can ride back and forth by pushing off the chair arms or pressing up with your feet. You can control the angle of entry by arching your back and pressing your buttocks into his groin. While doggy style is about him dominating, The Hot Seat puts you in the driver's seat. And that makes it one of the best sex positions for both of you.
Also try: You can reach under and stimulate the base of his penis, scrotum, and perineum. Meanwhile, he can reach around and stimulate your nipples.
Sex Position: Spin Cycle
Also known as: Maytag Repair Man
Benefits: Extra vibes.
Technique: This is a variation on the Hot Seat with you sitting in his lap, but this time planting yourselves on top of a washing machine set at the highest agitator cycle.
Sex Position: Stairway to Heaven
Also known as: Step Lively
Benefits: Good hand holds for you, and you don't have to wait until reaching the bedroom.
Technique: This is a variation on the Hot Seat with you sitting on top of him while he sits on one of the stairs of a staircase. Stairs offer good seating possibilities, and a hand rail for extra support and lifting leverage.
Sex Position: Reverse Cowgirl
Also known as: Rodeo Drive, Half Way Around the World
Benefits: You can control depth of penetration and pace with this sex position.
Technique: Get him to lie on his back with his legs outstretched. Kneel next to him, then turn and spread your legs, straddling his hips and facing his feet. Kneeling, you can lower yourself onto his penis and begin riding him.
Also try: Lean forward or back to change the angle of the penis for greater stimulation.
Hot tip: From this position, you can easily reach down to stimulate yourself or direct his penis to where it feels best.
Sex Position: Pole Position
Also known as: Thighmaster
Benefits: Dual stimulation for you; he gets a great view of your rear and his penis entering you.
Technique: As he lies on his back and bends one of his legs, (keeping the other outstretched) you straddle the raised leg with a thigh on either side and lower yourself onto his member. You should hold his knee and use it for support as you rock up and down.
Also try: Pressing your vulva hard against his upper thigh rubbing as the feeling dictates.
Hot tip: From Pole Position, you can massage his raised leg during the action. Or reach down and touch his perineum.
Sex Position: Face Off
Also known as: The Lap Dance
Benefits: Allows for face-to-face intimacy; cozy for long sessions.
Technique: He sits on a chair or the edge of the bed. You then face him, wrapping your arms around his back, climbing on top, and sitting in his lap. Once in the saddle, you can ride up and down on his penis by pressing with your legs or knees.
Also try: Sitting astride him and facing him on a rocking chair. Old wooden rockers on hardwood or stone floors provide the greatest variety of good vibes.
Hot tip: There's lots of room for creativity in this position for stimulating erogenous areas of the upper body, head, neck, and face.
Sex Position: The Lazy Man
Also known as: The Squat Thrust
Benefits: Puts you in control, maintains intimacy.
Technique: He places pillows behind his back and sits on the bed with legs outstretched. You straddle his waist, feet on the bed. You then bend your knees to lower yourself onto him, using one hand to direct his penis in. Just by pressing on the balls of your feet and releasing, you can raise and lower yourself on the shaft as slowly or quickly as you please.
Also try: From this position, you both lie back into the Spider position or its more challenging variation The X.
Sex Position: David Copperfield
Also known as: Trick & Treat
Benefits: This sex position is the piece de resistance for women who prefer a strong, upward stroking motion.
Technique: Place a pillow under your hips to tilt your pelvis up. Bend your knees so h can place your feet on his shoulder blades.
Hot tip: Get him to rest his tongue rest firmly and flat against the full length of your vaginal entrance, then move and grind against it.
Sex Position: Heir to the Throne
Also known as: Lazy Girl
Benefits: The ultimate sex position for oral on the go, use this to get him in the mood.
Technique: Sit on a chair with your legs wide open. He takes it from there. This is a good sex position for either beginning the slow build-up with loose, broad, strokes, or ending with strong suction. Your partner is able to easily guide you, and you’re able to get a full view of him between your legs, which is a turn-on for many women.
Also try: Switch to a swivel chair and turn it left and right as he holds his tongue stationary.
Sex Position: Closed for Business
Benefits: A variation of One Up that allows for slow buildup.
Technique: Some women find direct clitoral stimulation uncomfortable. Closing your legs during oral sex may help. Get him to place his hand above your pubic mound applying light pressure, then rub his firm tongue on the area around the clitoris to add indirect stimulation.
Hot tip: During oral sex get him to use the knuckle of his index finger on his free hand to trail behind his tongue. The contrast between the soft flesh of the tongue and hard bone of the finger will create a pleasing sensation.
Sex Position: The Pretzel
Also known as: The Pretzel Dip, The Camel Ride
Benefits: The deep penetration of doggy-style while face to face.
Technique: Get him to kneel and straddle your left leg while you are lying on your left side. Then, bend your right leg around the right side of his waist, which will give him access to enter your vagina. For many women, rear entry hurts their backs. This sex position allows you to lounge comfortably while enjoying deep penetration.
Hot tip: Some women prefer gentle pressure around it rather than direct stimulation. Go soft, then increase speed and pressure.