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.
Also known as: Romper Room
Benefits: See The Hot Seat. Also, adds bounce to his thrusts.
Technique: Have a ball in your workout room? Use a stability ball to add some bounce to The Hot Seat . Have him sit on the ball with his feet on the floor. Back up onto him, sitting between his legs. Roll and bounce to it.
Also known as: The Bees Knees
Benefits: Great for out-of-bedroom fellatio.
Technique: She kneels in front of you, covering her teeth with her lips and encircling your glans with her mouth. She then slowly pistons her lips up and down on your shaft, alternating speeds and occasionally stopping to move her tongue over and around your head.
Also try: Lean a dressing mirror against a wall to the side of your body so you can enjoy the view of her going down on you from the side versus top down.
Hot tip for her: For variation, she can take one of your testicles into her mouth as she strokes the shaft with her hand.
Also known as: Hovering Dragonfly
Benefits: A comfortable position for the woman. An erotic one for you.
Technique: Rest a pillow behind her head, then straddle her shoulders. Support yourself by holding the bed’s headboard or the wall.
Hot tip for her: If her mouth becomes dry after awhile, she can add some mint- or fruit-flavored lube to your shaft.
Also known as: Inverted 69, Over and Under
Benefits: Simultaneous oral pleasure.
Technique: When she’s on top in 69, she can control the intensity of oral stimulation on her clitoris by lifting or pressing her pelvis. From this position it’s easy to work her finger magic on your perineum, the sensitive area just below your testicles. Also try the man-on-top position.
Also try: Roll over onto your sides in the 69 sex position.
Hot tip for her: Place a cup of warm tea and an ice cube on the nightstand near the bed. When she gives you oral sex, she can alternate placing the ice cube then the tea in her mouth.
Also known as: The Face Sitter
Benefits: She can direct the position of your tongue and the pressure against her by rising up or pressing down.
Technique: She straddles you placing her knees at your ears. She can hold onto a wall or headboard for support. While you’re doing your thing, she can use her fingers to graze her nipples or rub the top of her vulva.
Also try: Hold your tongue firm as she gyrates her hips, pressing her clitoris against it.
Benefits: You both can still maintain eye contact while viewing the action at center stage.
Technique: Both of you are seated on the bed with legs toward one another, arms back to support yourselves. Now move together and she moves onto you. Her hips will be between your spread legs, her knees bent and feet outside of your hips and flat on the bed. Now rock back and forth.
Also try: She grabs your hands and pulls herself up into a squatting position while you lie back. Or you can remain seated upright and pull her against your chest into the Lazy Man position.
Hot tip: Help turn her on by straddling her bottom and massaging her back. While you’re busy with your hands, she can wiggle, grind, and move her mons pubis in a circular motion against the sheets to stimulate the clitoris.
Sex Position: The Fusion
Also known as: Getting a Leg Up
Benefits: Quicker orgasms for her; easier motions.
Technique: From The Spider, she can lift her legs onto your shoulders, which increases the muscular tension that advances the orgasm sequence. By elevating her butt off the bed, it’ll be easier for her to thrust and grind in circles.
Sex Position: Snow Angel
Also known as: Bottom’s Up
Benefits: She gets a prime view of your derriere.
Technique: This is challenging: She lies on her back while you straddle her facing away. She lifts her legs and wraps them around your back to elevate her pelvis so you can enter. She then grabs your butt to help you slide up and back. She can add a little massage action to her grip also.
Hot tip: Spin around into missionary style to face her while trying to stay inserted. Then switch positions, this time with her on top and facing away.