Some things in life are better on repeat: Friends, perfectly sunny beach days, your trusty manicure. Your sexcapades, though? Definitely not one of them. Even the hottest spark in the bedroom needs new sex positions to stoke the flames from time to time—otherwise things get boring, fast.
“Anytime you introduce something fresh and novel into the bedroom, you set yourself up for a more stimulating experience and bigger finish,” says Vanessa Marin, a licensed sex therapist in L.A. In short, your brain craves newness, and especially for women, your brain is very involved in your excitement and satisfaction.
It can also work wonders for your relationship. "One significant challenge to intimacy is the loss of novelty in the bedroom," says Shawntres Parks, licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego. Exploration between the sheets amps up emotional intimacy and encourages risk-taking and growth. New sex positions will encourage you and your partner to be more vulnerable with one another in the bedroom and otherwise. And in the end, you’ll find your relationship injected with an extra dose of trust.
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In some cases, switching up positions might even be a must. “If you're thinking ‘ouch’ when the offer of sex is put on the table, you could definitely benefit from exploring diverse positions that are more comfortable for folks with diverse abilities, as well as those with chronic pain, or pain from penetration,” Parks adds. But even once you’ve found that pain-free position, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. While it’s easy to become a creature of habit as soon as you’ve nailed that go-to, comfortable, climax-every-time position, Parks urges you to keep mixing it up. There are SO many possibilities out there that your imagination might not have even thought up yet.
Ah, but where to begin? How about with any of these 46 orgasm-inducing positions that'll blow you and your partner's d*mn minds.
Do It: Near the edge of a bed or bench, rest on your hip and forearm and press your thighs together. Your partner stands and straddles you, entering or grinding from behind.
Why: Keeping your legs pressed together during this sex position allows for a tighter hold on your partner as they thrust.
Make It Hotter: Instead of letting your partner do all the work, try thrusting your hips slightly to match the tempo.
Do It: Your partner sits on a chair or the edge of the bed; you face them, seated on their lap.
Why: During this sex position, you’re in control of the angle and depth of the entry and thrust. Being seated adds support, so it’s great for marathon sex sessions.
Make It Hotter: Let your fingers (and hands) do the talking. Once seated, you can put your hands anywhere on your body or your partner's to make things more interesting.
3. Doggy Style
Do It: Get on all fours, then have your partner kneel behind you, with their upper body straight up or slightly draped over you (ya know, like a humping dog).
Why: This sex position allows for deep penetration and easier G-spot stimulation.
Make It Hotter: Stimulate your clitoris with one hand, or ask your partner to do the finger work for you.
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4. Pretzel Dip
Do It: Lie on your right side; your partner kneels, straddling your right leg and curling your left leg around their left side.
Why: With this sex position, you get the deeper penetration of doggy style while still being able to make that important eye contact. Or, if penetration isn't your thing, your partner can easily grind against up against you stimulating your clit.
Make It Hotter: Get your partner to rub your clit. Because, duh.
Do It: Lie facedown on the bed, legs straight, hips slightly raised.
Why: This sex position creates a snug fit, so your partner’s penis or strap-on will seem even larger.
Make It Hotter: Some shallow thrusts and deep breathing will help the romp last longer.
Do It: Lie back with your legs resting on each of your partner’s shoulders.
Why: This sex position is awesome because when you raise your legs, it narrows the vagina and helps target your G-spot.
Make It Hotter: Ask your partner to start rocking you in a side-to-side or up-and-down motion. That should bring the penis or strap-on into direct contact with your G-spot.
7. Cowgirl’s Helper
Do It: Similar to the popular Cowgirl sex position, you kneel on top, pushing off your partner's chest and sliding up and down the thighs. But your partner helps by supporting some of your weight and grabbing your hips or thighs while they rise to meet each thrust.
Why: This sex position puts less stress on your legs, making climaxing easier. Plus, if you're with a guy, female-dominant sex positions delay his climax—so everyone wins.
Make It Hotter: Alternate between shallow and deep thrusting to stimulate different parts of the vagina.
Do It: Get on your hands and feet and have them pick you up by the pelvis. Then grip their waist with your thighs.
Why: Aside from being a fabulous arm workout, this male-dominant sex position allows for deeper penetration.
Make It Hotter: Try resting on a table or the side of the bed and give your arms a break.
9. Leap Frog
Do It: This is a modified doggy-style. Get on your hands and knees, then, keeping hips raised, rest your head and arms on the bed.
Why: This sex position creates deeper penetration—and gives you a chance to rest on a pillow.
Make It Hotter: Use your hands to stimulate your clitoris.
10. Stand and Deliver
Do It: With both of you standing, you bend over at the waist; they enter you from behind.
Why: Bending over during this sex position helps make the vaginal walls tighter and increases the intensity of the friction.
Make It Hotter: Have your partner tickle your clitoris with a free hand, or loosely tie your hands together with a silky scarf.
11. Magic Mountain
Do It: Your partner sits, legs bent, leaning back on their hands and forearms. You do the same and then inch toward them until you make contact.
Why: You’ll both feel really connected looking at each other. Increase your stimulation by grinding your clitoris against their pelvis.
Make It Hotter: Slide ice cubes down their chest and let the cold water collect at the base of their pelvis.
Do It: You kneel on top, pushing off your partner's chest and sliding up and down their thighs. You can relieve some of your weight from their pelvis by leaning back and supporting yourself on their thighs.
Why: By being the dominant in this sex position, you’ll delay their climax and intensify yours.
Make It Hotter: Discover new sensations for both of you by widening your knees or bringing them closer to their body.
13. Reverse Cowgirl
Do It: Your partner lies on their back; you straddle them, facing their feet.
Why: This position lets you take control and show your partner the pace and rhythm you like.
Make It Hotter: To get more leverage, put your knees and shins inside their legs and under their thighs.
Do It: You lie on your back while your partner straddles you. They then gently inserts their penis, strap-on, or finger through the tight opening created by your semi-closed legs.
Why: Tightness increases the intensity of the penetration.
Make It Hotter: Have them fondle your breasts or gently hold down your wrists for a little bondage action.
15. Ballet Dancer
Do It: Standing on one foot, face your partner and wrap your other leg around their waist while they help support you.
Why: This sex position allows for quality face time and connecting.
Make It Hotter: If you’re really flexible, try putting the raised leg on their shoulder for even deeper penetration or clitoral stimulation during outercourse.
Do It: Do I really need to spell this one out? Okay. Lie on your back while they lie facedown on top of you.
Why: This sex position is simple, elegant, effective, and surprisingly versatile. Vanilla, sure, but delicious.
Make It Hotter: You can drastically change the sensation for both of you by shifting the angle of your legs.